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8 Facts About UMA's Nestor Zapata

Posted: October 17, 2019 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 2 minutes

Nestor ZapataMeet Nestor Zapata, a Southern Utah University senior majoring in Strategic Communication and 2019-2020 president of the Undocu Migrant Alliance (UMA) club. Here are 8 fun facts about Zapata!

  1. He created the UMA Club

    Zapata created UMA in an effort to create a space where undocumented students at SUU could find resources, community, and a safe, fun environment. Read more about the founding of UMA.

  2. He likes to cook

    Zapata really enjoys cooking for his friends, and it’s not uncommon for club meetings to be held at his house for that very reason. His favorite food is tacos (see fact number five).

  3. He plays lots of sports

    While Zapata is a big fan of soccer, track, football, and rock climbing, his favorite sport is wrestling. He started wrestling in fifth grade and was a state qualifier in high school and a regional champion in college.

  4. He enjoys reading

    Zapata loves to read suspense thrillers in his spare time. His favorite authors include Harlan Coben, John Connolly, and Lisa Gardner.

  5. He loves tacos… a lot

    Zapata LOVES tacos! Not only can he recommend all the great taco places in Cedar City, but he can also provide the perfect recipe. You can read more on his blog, Instagram, or Facebook.

  6. He is an actor

    Zapata loves to perform, and was in drama club for all four years of high school. One of his favorite roles was Tito Merelli from the play, Lend Me a Tenor.

  7. He is an undocumented migrant

    Zapata was born in Tabasco, Mexico, and his mother brought him to Oceanside, California when he was a baby. Nestor and his family triumphed over trials with poverty, homelessness, and border patrol. Nestor later achieved DACA status, and attended college in California before coming to SUU in 2018.

  8. He has big plans for his future

    Zapata would like to continue being an advocate for the migrant community after he graduates from SUU. He plans to work with companies like Border Angels and Viainternational to provide support and additional resources.
“I can’t wait to get more involved,” Zapata said. “My vision is to find a solution to the immigration problem, from both sides of the border.”

Tags: Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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