College: Graduate Center
Awards: Colin Powell Fellow, 2008-2010, 2008
Being of Service
Don Gomez, the Colin Powell Fellow 2008-2010, is a native of Queens. He graduated in 2000 from Martin Van Buren High School and joined the U.S. Army in 2001. He served with the famed 82nd Airborne Division for five years, and he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and in 2005.
His achievements in the U.S. Army include receiving the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge and successfully graduating from Advanced Airborne School. He received his honorable discharge in 2006 and began attending college in Greensboro, N.C. In fall 2007, he transferred to City College, where he is pursuing a degree in international studies with a concentration in Middle East studies.
He is the vice president of the Student Association of International Studies. He also interns with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, a nonprofit that seeks to minimize religiously fueled violence. He aspires to service with the U.S. government.