American University Lawn

Diego Alemán is a freshman in the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program. Originally hailing from Utah, he intends to major in Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, he plans to continue his education to obtain his Ph.D and work as a professor, studying issues surrounding Latino youth and higher education


American University                                        Expected Graduation: May 2018

Recipient of the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Scholarship
Major: Sociology

West High School                                                              Graduation: May 2014

Ranked 52 out of 559. Top 15%. 3.82 GPA. Enrolled in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program.

  • AP English Literature (3.83 GPA)
  • AP Human Geography (4.00 GPA)
  • AP Psychology (3.83 GPA)
  • AP US History (3.83 GPA; 4 on AP exam)
  • AP/IB Spanish (3.41 GPA)
  • IB Math Standard Level (3.83 GPA)
  • AP Statistics (2013-14)
  • IB Geography (Higher level; 2013-14)
  • IB Psychology (Higher Level; 2013-14)
  • IB English (Higher Level; 2013-14)
  • AP/IB Environmental Science (2013-14)

Scored 34 on ACT (Spring 2013).

Extended Learning Program (ELP) at West High School

August 2008-May 2010

Enrolled in Salt Lake City’s magnet gifted and talented program.

Extended Learning Program (ELP) at Whittier Elementary

January 2005-May 2008

Accepted in Salt Lake City’s magnet gifted and talented program.

Leadership & Activism

Red & Black newspaper

August 2006 to May 2014

West High school newspaper.
• Editor in Chief, August 2013 to May 2014.
• Features and Accents Editor, August 2007 to May 2014.

National Hispanic Institute Youth Leadership

June 2011, June 212, June 2013

The National Hispanic Institute is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the future leadership needs of the global Hispanic community. They sponsor several leadership camps for Latino youth.    • Attended The Great Debate, 2011 at Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, TX. Focused on written and verbal    communication as a powerful tool of leadership.
• Attended The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, 2012 at Georgetown University in Georgetown, TX. Focused on the organization and management of power as a foundational tool of leadership.
• Attended the Collegiate World Series, 2013 at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Focused on the power of positioning as a foundation tool of leadership.

Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective

August 2006 to June 2014

A University of Utah campus-community partnership, MAA is a youth activism think tank that meets twice a week to promote critical thinking, research skills, and higher education through the creation of art projects as a form of activism by students of color on the West Side of Salt Lake City.
• Will serve on the MAA exploratory committee to plan the future of MAA, 2013 to 2014.

West High Senate

August 2013 to May 2014

Representative of the Red & Black.

National Honor Society

August 2006 to May 2014



West High Track

August 2010 to May 2014

Region II Champion, Boys 400m Dash. 2nd place Region II, Boys 1600m Relay in 2011, 2012, 2013.

West High Cross Country

Fall 2011, Fall 2013


Mariachi Juvenil de Utah

August 2006 to May 2010

Played guitar and viheula.

Hispanic Dance Alliance Ballet Folklorico

2008 to 2010

Venceremos newspaper & West View newspaper

Spring 2013

Published articles about systemic racism in the educational system.

Mentor Network

Nati Bulcho – FDDS Mentor

Nkem Chukwuma – FDDS Mentor

Tamaara Bostwick – FDDS Mentor

Larry P. Tomas – FDDS Program Director

Current Position

Intern at Voto Latino

Major/Minor/Certificate Program

Intended to Major in Sociology