Get to Know Ose Ehianeta Arheghan
A self-identified modern renaissance person, Ose Ehianeta Arheghan (they/them) is a journalist, community organizer, and policy nerd. Holding Bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and Political Science with a specialization in International Relations from The Ohio State University, Arheghan is also recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
A passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, with a particular focus on queer and trans youth of color, Arheghan’s efforts have earned them numerous accolades, including being named an inaugural GLAAD 20 under 20 Rising Star, GLSEN National Student Advocate of the Year, and a Matthew Shepard Foundation Spirit of Matthew awardee. Their advocacy work was further recognized with an invitation to the White House for the Biden family’s event “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme.”
Arheghan’s voice speaks truth to power by blending journalism with political advocacy. Their work covers a broad spectrum of topics such as LGBTQ+ policy, arts, and culture, and can be found in publications like NPR, The Advocate, GLSEN.org, GLAAD AMP, and others.
A committed member of the United Nations Association (UNA) since 2018, Arheghan’s journey began as a youth member of the Ohio State University campus chapter and later flourished as a United Nations Association Global Goals Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 10. Throughout their involvement with UNA, they have hosted educational sessions, moderated panels, and assisted with campus events, all aimed at fostering greater understanding and awareness of the UN’s mission.
Beyond their contributions to the UNA, Arheghan has served as a presenter at various conferences and workshops, including Creating Change, the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference, the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, and Indiana University College of Education — their expertise centers on exploring the intersections of queerness, race, and youth.
As they transition into the next phase of their life journey, Arheghan’s focus is firmly fixed on their aspirations to be a Professional Policy Nerd. Armed with valuable insights gained as a student and youth organizers, they are determined to continue bridging the gap between youth-led movements for a better future and the policymakers who have the authority to enshrine transformative change. In their capacity as the Youth Observer, Arheghan plans to champion education, amplify youth voices, and advocate for increased representation to bring about a more equitable and progressive tomorrow.