Ali Shafi, Research Assistant

Ali Shafi is a Research Assistant Intern for I4DI’s Data for Social Change team. Mr. Shafi is working with this team to document and research the efforts of the recent Black Lives Matter protests currently ongoing in this country.

Mr. Shafi understands that political change is hard, and he tries to avoid cynicism. Therefore, he truly believes that research into current events is essential to understanding where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we will end up. He hopes this project will shed light on the power of grassroots movements and showcase the impact strong ideals can have on the betterment of society as a whole. Both inside the workplace and out, he is inspired by the cooperation, and communication, and unity that brings about societal change. His goal is to use values towards his work at I4DI and use this project to bring hope to others.

He is a graduating senior at American University majoring in International Relations and Spanish Studies. He will be going to law school after graduation in hopes of becoming a civil rights lawyer through either litigation or research. Before joining I4DI, he worked as an intern at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) planning advocacy days to discuss issues affecting Muslim-Americans or conducting legal intakes with clients facing religion or ethnic discrimination.

As a Tennessee-native, Ali enjoys spending his time hiking, rock climbing, or mountain biking, and couldn’t live somewhere unless there was a mountain nearby.


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