On March 5, Carlos Moreno was elected President of the Salt Lake Community College Student Association for 2014-15. His focus is to help SLCC students become more involved by more effective promotion of college activities.
“I want to bring more power and knowledge to the average student by promoting the student governmental power,” Moreno says.
He believes that personal interaction is crucial for tangible results in empowering students to master their future careers, and wants to motivate students to get more involved in different activities.
“It is not a job that will be done overnight,” Moreno says. “I want to start talking to students face to face.”
Moreno indicates that there is a need to create more effective academic activities in which students feel they are part of. By participating in activities, students can find the means to help their professional career, as well as support the college.
He mentioned his concern for low attendance to major college events. Sports events, lectures and other college activities do not have good audiences because there is a lack of effective promotion.
“I want to sit down face to face and talk to students to learn about their concerns and what they are expecting from their student president and college,” Moreno says.
He believes that when students don’t feel motivated to participate, there should be a cause for concern amongst the student association.
“We need to survey the reasons of low involvement, and learn about what activities students want,” Moreno says. “We need the participation of students to achieve improvements. They also need [a student president] who listens more than just talking to them.”
He says that students need a student president who actively listens to their concerns and inquiries.
“I want to be the president who everybody knows for being accessible to students,” Moreno says.
Moreno strongly believes that the power to make a difference comes from the students. He plans to work closely with the different clubs and organizations at SLCC to promote participation and team working.
Moreno is originally from Venezuela and has been living in Utah as an international student for four years now.
He is currently president of the Venezuelan-American Association of Utah. After completing his associate degree in political science, he hopes to pursue further studies and eventually obtain a master’s degree.