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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Speaker:Daniel Balva  

Leadership roles can be trying, challenging, and often times exhausting—to say the least. But the rewards of watching your goals come to fruition and seeing your hard work create a lasting impact make one's efforts all the more worthwhile. In today's society, there are so many marginalized and underserved populations in need of our help that it can be difficult to figure out where and how to begin promoting social change. This workshop will explore ways in which leaders can rise to the task of making a difference and engaging in social justice—all while enhancing personal and professional development, and practicing self-care. The next generation of leaders begins with us, and our time to affect positive change is now.


Daniel Balva graduated from the College of Arts and Humanities at UCF in 2014. Daniel was the Chapter President of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society, a Knight-Thon team captain for two consecutive years, and a Lead Scholar. While studying at UCF, Daniel was presented with the following awards: Zeta Beta Tau's national Jerome Heffer Award for Most Outstanding Chapter President, UCF's Greek Man of the Year, the Charles and Francis Millican Award for Most Community Service-Oriented Member of the Greek Community for two years in a row, and Knight-Thon Team Captain of the Year. Daniel Balva is a recent graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling master's program at Florida International University. Daniel was the Chapter President of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society, and was awarded Chi Sigma Iota's Outstanding Service to a Chapter at the 2017 American Counseling Association Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Daniel is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is currently working towards attaining licensure in the state of Florida. Daniel also co-coordinates bi-annual medical mission trips to the impoverished city of Sumpango, Guatemala, alongside a team of doctors and volunteers who offer medical care to individuals in need of medical attention. Daniel spent the past four months providing counseling services to children and teenagers in the poverty-stricken cities of El Porvenir and Huanchaco, Peru. He is currently in the process of applying to doctorate programs for the upcoming academic year. Daniel looks forward to the opportunity of giving back to the Lead Scholars program, which helped him grow—both as a leader, and as a professional throughout his undergraduate career.


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