Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hostos Student Ambassador
Darío Peralta was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on November 13th, 1994 to a hard working couple who had just began their life together. He was raised in a poor rural area of Honduras by both his parents and by his grandparents from his paternal side who lived just a few blocks away. Darío attended La Salle Catholic School and then St. Vincent of Paul Catholic School until his family decided to move to New York City, when he was ten years old. Darío was initially raised in the Bronx, and then lived for a short period of time in, Lathrop, California, which was a transitional experience for Darío, because in the five months that Darío spent attending classes out there he came to realize the value of education and working towards goals. He believes that his experiences in California was the starting point in his life to dedicating himself to serving as a leader both in his community and in the world that he lives in.
Nine years after his arrival into the United States, at the age of seventeen, Darío began attending college in the Bronx at Hostos Community College. Darío was passionate about studying at a college, where he could find students who were well-versed in both English and Spanish and he was also happy to discover that there was such a richly diverse community at Hostos, with students from all over the world, including a large number of students from his birth country of Honduras.
Darío joined the Hostos Student Leadership Academy in his freshman year and began to engage in volunteer activity from the start. After beginning his journey in the Hostos Emerging Leaders Program in the spring of 2012, Darío was quickly promoted to the Hostos Student Ambassador Program in the fall of 2012. As a member of the Academy Darío has participated in a variety of nationally recognized conferences. He was a member of a team of delegates that represented Italy at the Model United Nations in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2012 and was one of three Head Delegates for the team that represented Costa Rica at the Model United Nations Conference New York in spring of 2013. The team the represented Italy was the first Hostos group to receive recognition for their efforts and Darío and his fellow delegates raised one thousand dollars as part of their efforts to participate in the New York Conference. Darío has also participated in the CUNY Emerging Leaders Conference, the CUNY New Leadership Challenge and the university Student Senate Retreat.
Darío has participated in more than one hundred hours of volunteer service in the community and in support to the college and the university. Amongst his activities have been, serving the hungry and preparing meals at Part of the Solution Soup Kitchen, preparing healthy food packages at the Yorkville Common Pantry, painted a mural in Hunts Point Park and participated in activities to celebrate the American’s With Disabilities Act at Queens College two years in a row. Dario has also given testimony before the CUNY Board of Trustees, participated in The Big Event Hostos Campus Day of Service and has given support to students on and around the campus at registration, admissions and campus-wide events.
Darío along with sixteen other students were elected to serve as representatives of the college in the 2013 Student Elections and he currently holds the position of Campus Affairs Commissioner within the 2013-2014 Student Government Association. Darío has also been elected to serve as a delegate of the University Student Senate. Darío received the Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Leadership Award for 2013, an award given to two students from each CUNY Campus each year, who exhibit exemplary leadership qualities. Darío is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, the Alpha Kappa Tau Chapter and is the recipient of the Carlos and Eddie Gonzalez Merit Scholarship Award. He is also a part of the ASAP Program and was part of their Leadership Team last year.
Darío spends time away from the college in the parish of St. Anthony of Padua. As a Roman Catholic, Darío has dedicated much of his time to his religion. He is an altar server, a member of the parish youth group, and also a catechist on Saturday mornings, teaching young children for their first year of Communion. Darío is a current Liberal Arts and Sciences major, who hopes to enroll in a senior college in the fall of 2014 to study Biology and then go to Medical School. His lifelong dream is to become a Surgeon and help people in need in at a whole new level.