Gone Far: Alumnus Daniel Leon-Davis is a champion for social change
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Written by: Lauren Leetun for Seminole State
In the middle of one of the most hotly contested social movements in recent history, you’ll find Daniel Leon-Davis, co-founder and partner of The Soze Agency, which works to shift the narrative that creates positive culture and drives change forward.
One of the agency’s largest campaigns, “I Am An Immigrant,” is an annual initiative that provides new avenues for individuals, companies, organizations and public leaders to take action in support of their immigrant employees, colleagues, constituents, neighbors and friends. The campaign has made huge impacts throughout the globe, securing celebrity endorsements and shout-outs from such popular names as Bellamy Young, Javier Muñoz, French Montana, Shannon Woodward, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others.
Leon-Davis attended Seminole State College from 2009 to 2011, when he was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. He used the scholarship to transfer to American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned degrees in international relations and music theory. Leon-Davis, who found out in high school that he was an undocumented immigrant from Venezuela, has used his experience and his successes to help other immigrants find compassion and equality in the United States.
Beyond immigration issues, Leon-Davis and The Soze Agency take on other important social issues and serve as agents of change, helping to drive the conversation around such topics as incarceration, the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, crime reduction, and voting rights, among other issues.
Leon-Davis returned to Seminole State in April 2019 to give the alumni speech at the Grindle Honors Institute graduate dinner. At the end of the evening, Leon-Davis received the Honors Alumni Award. The award recognizes a Grindle Honors Institute graduate for their professional success and contributions to society that embody their mission of embracing challenges, uncertainty and diversity as an engaged member of society.
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The Grindle Honors Institute offers programs for academically talented students who want to enrich their experience and engage in honors activities at Seminole State College of Florida. For more information, please visit the Grindle Honors Institute website.