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Ayaan is a second-year Undergraduate and Cornelius Scholar at Vanderbilt University, originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Ayaan has been involved as a representative and state engagement liaison to ZeroHour, The Borgen Project, and ImproveTheDream, where he has lobbied government offices to advocate for climate justice, increased USAID to severely impoverished communities, and immigration reform, respectively. He has worked to help introduce two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate supporting immigration reform for children of long-term visa holders. Ayaan has delivered oral arguments surrounding Fourth Amendment search and seizure as Petitioner through Torres v. Madrid in front of the Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and judges from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Through his appointment as a UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) National Youth Council Member, he has given opening remarks at the State of the World’s Children Report on mental health and the Concordia Summit alongside the United Nations General Assembly on Youth participation in local communities.