Apply to serve as UNA-USA's 10th U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations!

Meet the UNA-USA Youth Observer to the UN

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Young Americans between 18-25 are now eligible to submit their applications to serve as UNA-USA’s 10th Youth Observer to the United Nations!

For a one-year term, the UNA-USA Youth Observer elevates youth voices in global policy dialogue around international issues, engages and connects young people in the U.S. to the work of the UN, and travels across the U.S. to discover the issues important to young Americans. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, June 13.

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Get to Know Dustin Liu

Dustin (he/his) holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where he served as the Student Trustee on Cornell’s Board of Trustees and was named a Fulbright Grantee. He is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Education Graduate School of Education.

Dustin’s prior work experiences have been with organizations such as Breakthrough Collaborative and Matriculate in student-facing roles focused on education access as well as with organizations such as the Center for Collaborative Education and Ashoka where he worked to support the professional learning and network activation of educators in both K-12 and post-secondary settings. In addition, he has worked in the field of social innovation through his work at New Profit, a venture philanthropy firm as well as serving as the Graduate Assistant for Social Innovation at MIT. He currently leads a program that aims to bring global citizenship education to K-12 classrooms, an objective he hopes to continue through this role.

Dustin is the son of two Taiwanese immigrants who have long fostered in him the belief that individuals can inspire social change. He is interested in dialogue as a tool for social change and the potential to build educational pathways and experiences that allow humans to flourish. In his free time, Dustin is a certified Zumba instructor and loves to share his love for playing the cello in community with others.

Tune into Dustin's Podcast!

With its official launch September 30, 2020, tune in each week for new episodes featuring a discussion between Dustin and changemakers across the country who are tackling some of today’s most pressing challenges. Learn about the importance of youth engagement in global issues, effective models for change, and how we can work together to build a better world. Listen to all the episodes here.

About the Program

The UNA-USA Youth Observer to the UN elevates youth voices in the global policy dialogue around international issues. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18 and 25 is selected to engage and connect young people in the U.S. to the work of the UN. The Youth Observer travels throughout the U.S. to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates as a UNA-USA delegate at UN conferences.


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