Luis Canales ’17 CWSL walks the halls of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law wearing symbols of his deepest values, common to many Villanovans—faith and country. Around his neck, he wears a silver cross. On his lapel is a pin with two flags: the United Nations and the United States.
Canales also carries in his backpack a symbol of his journey to Villanova: the worn-out, black, white and blue Adidas sneakers that he wore on his path from gang target in Honduras to asylum-seeker to US citizen.
Today, along with his classmates, Canales is transitioning from accomplished law student to proud alumnus and practicing lawyer. A perilous road is behind him, and his legal degree’s academic rigor and ethical principles have prepared him to navigate the path ahead. “My sole purpose in getting an education is to give back in a better way. I want to continue the path God has set and see how far I get,” Canales says. “We cannot always help en masse, but we can always do it on a personal level. One to another, we can create change.”