The Catholic University of America

Cardinal Spotlight, Samuel Lopez '20

The Catholic University of America is blessed to have student leaders who take ownership of their education and make the most of their undergraduate experience embody our University’s mission and values. These students’ involvement in clubs and activities enriches their time at the University and provides them with invaluable leadership opportunities: they are often presidents, club executive officers, Orientation or Resident Advisors, Student Ministers, or representatives on Intercultural Leadership Council. These students often serve as mentors for their classmates and prospective students—their stories can serve as roadmaps for success and model how to get involved in CUA's multicultural community.


Samuel Lopez is a sophomore majoring in English with a double minor in Theology and Politics Pre-Law.  He is from Los Angeles, California.  Since arriving at CUA Sam has been actively involved in The Catholic University of America Student Organization of Latinos (CUA SOL).  Sam initially began as a member of Pasión de SOL, SOL’s Latin dance team before eventually being given the chance last spring to be Freshman Representative on SOL’s E-Board. Sam is currently the Cultural Dance Chair of the organization and often attends various events organized by BSA and FOCUS. He is also a member of Take Note Acapella and served on this year’s Freshman Retreat team. 


According to Sam:

Being involved in these organizations have heavily impacted my experience here at CUA. These organizations allowed for me to be surrounded by people that have had similar backgrounds and experiences. It helped my transition to the campus be easier. Because I come from California, the difference in pace and overall culture of the campus was extreme for me. So having a group of people similar to me helped me to feel more at home on campus.


When asked about the importance of intercultural organizations on campus, Sam responded: 

Intercultural organizations are important to a student's experience because the exhibition of different cultures and mindsets is important to creating a dialogue with others. These organizations give people a chance to understand and learn new things about other peoples and cultures. These also give people a chance to meet and get to know people who have similar backgrounds. I think it is extremely important to learn more about others and where people come from. 

Sam is one of many students at The Catholic University of America working to promote diversity and inclusion on campus and beyond. Whether students like Sam are coordinating club events, engaging the Washington DC community, or travelling the world, The Center for Cultural Engagement works to make their time at Catholic University of America both memorable and impactful.