Civic Engagement


Since Donya became involved in politics, she realized there was something missing. Despite there being a strong emphasize on encouraging more women to run for office – which is incredibly important – there was almost no focus on the race gap in elected offices and empowering women of color specifically to run for office. As a Middle Eastern woman, Donya had no representation in Congress and no role models to look up to. These experiences and awareness led to the creation of her Blueprint Watch.Her.Lead., a project dedicated to encouraging young women of color to think about running for office and raising awareness about the lack of minority women in politics. She has been able to amplify the impact of her Blueprint across the country through presentations, workshops, and social media