President: Santiago Nariño, Northeastern ’16
Santiago Nariño is from Bogota, Colombia, and his favorite Democrat is Elizabeth Warren. His interests include photography, film, music, and traveling. Santiago is a descendant of Antonio Nariño, the Colombian revolutionary. Santiago is a fifth year International Affairs and Economics student at Northeastern University. Santiago's interest in politics comes from his experience in community and grass root activism. During his last five years at Northeastern, he has been involved in leading CDM with legislative and community initiatives bringing forth the voices of Student Immigrant Movement, MIRA and other Latinx organizations in the Boston Area. His interest in Latinx politics started from a very early age, where he began to understand the immense diversity within the Latinx community. His involvement as President of the Latin America Student Organization during his sophomore year at Northeastern allowed him to develop a strong interest in community outreach and leadership training within the Latinx community. After spending 9 months in Brazil, he cam back and began in CDM as Latinx Caucus where he started the first social enterprise of its kind, called Latinx Action Group. With the Latinx Action Group, they have been able to grow his team of activists from just himself to a team of 5 motivated Latinxs that are dedicated to building bridges of knowledge for college Latinxs through voting registration, workshops and community engagement. Through his last year he was able to build a coalition of 175 students of color around the Boston area in 5 different colleges to the 13 workshops and 3 voting registration drives that were held by the Latinx Action Group. As President of CDM, he hopes to move forward with these three aims: 1) Engaging those who are often left out of the political process through culturally sensitive ways that allow us to create excitement about the political process. 2) Challenging every member of CDM by making an effort to understand diverse perspectives and critique our notions of what it means to be a Democrat. 3) Organizing a stable system of community and communication between the executive board team, the caucuses and the chapters in order to create a coalition-based model of activism.