Motivational Speaker Daniel Hernandez Jr. to Speak at Penn State Shenango
Penn State Shenango will host motivational speaker Daniel Hernandez Jr. at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 in the Penn State Shenango auditorium. He will speak about civic engagement, social responsibility, and leadership through diversity. Hernandez was an intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District in 2011 when a mass shooting near Tucson, Arizona, targeting Giffords, took place.
Hernandez has been widely credited for taking the necessary actions that helped save Giffords’ life after a gunman shot her and 18 other people. His medical training, quick thinking, and brave actions on that day have caused him to be celebrated as a true American hero, although he humbly rejects the title. He was an honored guest of the President and First Lady during the 2011 State of the Union address. He also addressed President Obama and a crowd of more than 27,000 people and over 500 international media outlets at the “Tucson: Together we Thrive” memorial on January 12, 2011.
Hernandez has conducted numerous interviews and made many appearances on ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Today Show,” MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Fox Report.” Univision’s “Al Punto,” BBC World Service’s “Outlook” program, GQ, NPR’s “Tell Me More,” Time, People, CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” CBS’s “Early Show,” and the Washington Post.
As Giffords’ campaign manager, he managed all aspects of the campaign including coordination with other candidates from legislative, statewide, and congressional races. In 2010 Daniel served on the City of Tucson’s LGBT Issues Commission.
He is dedicated to student advocacy and political activism. He served as a director on the Arizona Students’ Association’s Board of Directors and advocated for affordable and accessible higher education for all Arizonans. At the University of Arizona, Hernandez has served in leadership positions with the Residence Hall Association and the Arizona Students’ Association. He attended public schools in Tucson’s Sunnyside Unified School District where he received his training in certified nursing and phlebotomy. He ran for and won a seat on the school board at Sunnyside at the age of 21.
Hernandez has also received numerous awards from various organizations including the United States Office of Personnel Management Teddy Roosevelt Award for Public Service, the Presidential Citation by the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Following the event, Penn State students will be selling Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream to raise funds for their Alternative Spring Break trip to Belize this coming spring.
For more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Student Affairs office at 724-983-2836.