Salt Lake Community College student body president Carlos Alejandro Moreno is ready to lead SLCC students for another year.
Moreno will begin his second term in office in the fall of 2015.
“In student government we can make a difference, not so much in the college or in the institution, but in the lives of individual students,” Moreno says. “I love to serve people.”
Moreno is an international student from Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he graduated with a law degree from La Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Maracaibo and studied labor law at the University of Zulia.
He got his start at SLCC in the ESL (English as a Second Language) program. He has since completed a degree in political science, and in the next two semesters he plans to finish an additional degree in homeland security/emergency management.
After he’s done at SLCC he plans to earn a master’s degree in public administration.
Moreno balances his time between family, school, student government and community service.
He came to the United States in December 2009 with his wife, Norbelys. They have one child, a four-year-old son named Carlos Isaias.
In addition to his duties at SLCC, Moreno founded the American Venezuelan Association of Utah.
He hopes to be able to return to Venezuela to pursue a career in politics, and possibly run for mayor or governor.
“Things in Venezuela are horrible because of communism; I don’t know when I’ll be able to return and pursue my political career,” Moreno says.
Until then, he wants to help SLCC students any way he can.
“As Student Body President my number one priority is to make sure that the voice of the students is heard,” Moreno says. “I want to be remembered as the Student Body President who was in tune with all the students, the one who listened to the students, that I was not an ‘office’ president.”