Darius was an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University and completed a Bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in political science. He is engaged in protecting civil rights, fair elections, and immigrant and Native American rights in America. With a background in Middle Eastern politics and history, he is also committed to building cross-cultural ties with Middle Eastern cultures and protecting human rights in such a volatile region. While living and studying in Istanbul, Turkey, he was able to gain valuable experiences and understanding of Middle Eastern and Islamic cultures. In addition, he was able to grow in his activism, organize, and recognize the importance of protecting political rights through participant-observation in the Gezi Park protests. He hopes to continue to be active in fostering a spirit of political awareness and engagement both in America and abroad.