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Daniela Zelaya

CHCI-Toyota Intern
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
School: Trinity College
Major: Sociology
Placement: The Office of Rep. Linda Sanchez

Daniela was born in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador. She came to the United States with her mother and father at the age of 3. As an undocumented person and as the first person in her family to attend college, she understands the idea that a quality education should not be a privilege, it is a human right. That is why she is currently a junior studying at Trinity Washington University, double-majoring in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. On campus, Daniela is the president of an organization called, The Dreamer’s Alliance and the president of the Define American Chapter at Trinity. The mission of these organizations is to be a support system for undocumented students while also advocating for immigrant rights. Upon graduation, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher in her low-income community to serve as a role model for her minority students and to give them the foundation for success.

As a CHCI Intern, Daniela hopes to gain knowledge about the legislative process and to understand how legislation affects individual people. She hopes to use this newly found knowledge to empower her community and to one day become the first Latina U.S. Secretary of Education.