Meet Darius, PAAIA’s Summer 2021 CHIP Fellow

Washington, DC – PAAIA congratulates our newest Akbar Ghahary Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) fellow, Darius Stenstedt.

Darius Stenstedt

Originally from Berkeley, CA, Darius Stenstedt is a graduate from the University of Oregon, where he received a B.S. in Political Science and a concentration in Public Policy. Since graduating, he has volunteered in the East Bay area to provide COVID-19 relief for his community and worked for the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) policy team in San Francisco. BCPP works to prevent breast cancer and eliminating dangerous cancer-causing chemicals in our food, clothing, and cosmetics.

Darius is most interested in education, the environment, finance, artificial intelligence, national security, and foreign policy. He wants to dedicate his life to progress and peace through further access to higher education and sustainable living. This summer, he will be working for Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) on Capitol Hill.

Founded by former PAAIA member and trustee, the late Dr. Akbar Ghahary, the Capitol Hill Internship Program aims to promote increased civic participation among young Iranian Americans by offering college students or recent graduates of Iranian descent the opportunity to get a firsthand look at our nation’s legislative and political process. The program is enhanced by opportunities to network with and receive mentorship from Iranian American staff on Capitol Hill, in the administration, and in non-governmental organizations throughout Washington, D.C.

PAAIA is committed to expanding opportunities for the active participation of Iranian Americans in the democratic process at all levels of government and in the public debate, as well as providing opportunities for advancement for our next generation.

June 8th, 2021

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