DCCC SGA President Named Recipient of Advocacy Award

Yesika Zelaya

May 6, 2015 – Yesika Zelaya, Student Government Association (SGA) president at Davidson County Community College, is the 2015 recipient of the Eddie Myers Outstanding Advocacy Award presented by the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association. The award honors an individual committed to promoting and implementing positive change and advocacy on their campus and in the community. 

“I’m honored to receive this award,” Zelaya says. ”Being a leader is more than a title and accolades; it means doing something for the greater good. I always want to be the kind of leader that helps, serves and encourages others to try to reach their potential.”

Zelaya, a native of El Salvador, uses her experiences as an immigrant seeking a better life to challenge others to persevere in pursuing their goals. Her position as SGA president opens opportunities for her to serve as an advocate for the campus Hispanic population, who often seek her guidance. She spoke at Hispanic Parents Night at her high school alma mater to share her journey of immigrating to the United States and overcoming language and economic barriers to attend college. 

Zelaya helped the college’s Hispanic Culture Club raise money to send orphaned children in Paraguay to school and provide food and medicine for the poor in Chimbote, Peru. She was also instrumental in raising funds for Rotaract International’s Purple Pink for Polio drive to help eradicate polio in underdeveloped countries. She and her fellow student government officers volunteered their Saturdays to help a mentally challenged fellow student fulfill his dream of home ownership by assisting in renovation work. 

In additional to fulfilling her extracurricular responsibilities, Zelaya maintains a high grade point average while working toward an Associate in Arts degree.

“Yesika certainly exemplifies outstanding student leadership and service,” says Lynne Watts, director of student life and leadership, who nominated Zelaya for the award. “She’s always enthusiastic about encouraging other students to become involved in campus leadership and service opportunities.”

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at davidsonccc.edu.