Jamshid Yarzada

Spring 2022

Jamshid Yarzada is a first-generation college student currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in social work at Arizona State University (ASU). His passion for social work stemmed from a lack of justice and equality in his own life as an Afghan. Due to this background as a young arrival to the United States, he became motivated to help other arrived refugees resettle in Arizona and enroll in ESL (English as Second Language) classes. A coordinator at Lutheran Social Services of Southwest noticed how active he was in his apartment complex, helping other refugees translate notices/letters and take them to all kinds of appointments. This resulted in him being offered a position as an ESL teacher’s assistant in the complex. Through this position, he developed a sense of purpose in public service. Upon graduating from ASU, Jamshid intends to pursue a career at the Department of State. As an LDNS Lab Fellow, he looks forward to gaining unique expertise in the areas of diplomacy, leadership, and national security, which will invaluable towards his future career as a foreign service officer.