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Darion Johnston

Major: Communication Studies & Political Science
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: AS Director of Legislative Affairs

How did you first get connected with AS Government Affairs?
Initially, I got involved with AS Government Affairs through the Freshman Leadership Opportunity program when I had the chance to shadow AS President London Long. After that I sat on committees and councils, which gradually developed my understanding of the AS and prepared me to run for an elected officer position.

How would you describe your current role as the Director of Legislative Affairs?
I am the voting representative for Chico at the California State Student Association (CSSA), which is the student governing board for the CSU system. This board works to advocate for students using the collective voice of leaders across the CSU and the state of California. My role is to work within this board to insure that our state and national representatives are making students a priority when they are passing budgets and new pieces of legislation.

What does working for Government Affairs do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Personally, my position in the AS gives me a sense of purpose in my life. I love being able to make a difference in my community, taking action to protect students, and giving back to Chico State the incredible opportunities it has given me. Professionally, I am learning how to navigate the corporate world as well as the legislative arena. I am learning how to communicate effectively with administrators and legislators on a daily basis. In all, these experiences are the perfect complement to my academic efforts in the Communication Studies and Political Science departments because they give me a practical understanding of these fields of study.

What do YOU bring to the table in your role as the Director of Legislative Affairs?
What I bring to the table in my role at the AS is a background in government. As a junior, I spent a semester in Washington, D.C. where I interned in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now, in my role as Director of Legislative Affairs, I am able to use the knowledge I gained to benefit students on my campus.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
After I graduate, I hope to remain involved in the political process in any way I can. I can see myself working for a member of congress, lobbying for human rights advocacy group, or exploring the legal field. Eventually I hope to return to school and achieve a master’s degree in public policy or a juris doctorate.


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