Dominic Del Curto, a senior politics major, was recently awarded the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) character and community award for his efforts on the track team for the past three years and his service to the community while also being an impressive student academically.
“My freshman year I was really stressed with school and was just focused on that, but then when I went to Rome my sophomore year, I realized that I wasn’t really serving others, and that motivated me to do DVP,” Del Curto said.
The Rome Dallas Volunteer program was a one credit class that allowed UD students to teach local Italian high schoolers English. Being one of ten kids, Del Curto found it natural to work and help with kids. His time in Rome steered him toward finding the Tutoring Reading Partners, where he’s volunteered for the past year and a half. Within the program, Del Curto helps second graders that struggle with reading. He’s done this once and twice a week, depending on the semester, since the spring semester of his sophomore year.
Today, while juggling his coursework and reading program, he’s also the president of the Alexander Hamilton Society. With this new responsibility, Del Curto found himself in Washington, D.C this summer for training on the role.
“All the chapters from across the country send one or two people to receive training on how to run the club,” Del Curto said. “We learned how to get speakers for our events and how to work with the national office. It was also a big networking opportunity. There was [sic] students from Duke, Hillsdale, and Dartmouth, just to name a few, and we all still keep in touch to discuss ideas.”
The foreign policy emphasis of the club is something to which Del Curto was originally drawn.
“AHS has made me be more aware as a colloquial citizen and take part in learning about the world,” Del Curto said. “I realized that when I was a freshman I didn’t know a whole lot about foreign policy, so as president, I really wanted to be able to not only continue to learn about it myself but help underclassmen too. I wanted to people learn more about the modern things happening in our world.”
Del Curto is also a fellow of APPI (the American Public Philosophy Institute) where he attends discussions and helps promote events. Del Curto continuously brings his desire to serve back to his family.
“I’m one of ten kids, so growing up I had a lot of younger siblings and my parents would always have us older kids taking care and watching over the younger kids. They taught me to care about the family, and then outside of that to care about people in need by having us visit the old folks home and serving at soup kitchens, and coming to UD really reinforced that. By studying my Catholic faith through theology courses, I realized that serving is a huge Christian message. It’s easy to get caught up in everything and forget to help others, but [it is] a crucial thing to do.”