Quinn Lundberg: International Conflict Resolution

Quinn Lundberg with Growing Voices in Malawi. Photo courtesy of Growing Voices

International Conflict Resolution

B.A. June 2010, Summa cum Laude

Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship

Harriet Brows Scholarship for Social Change

Dean’s List

Upon graduation from high school in 2000, Quinn Lundberg pursued her passion for dance.  And it is through dance and performance that she entered the world’s most dangerous conflict zones.  In 2004, Lundberg was given an opportunity to perform in a dance company for Canadian peacekeeping troops in Bosnia.  Seeing there the destruction caused by the ethnic conflict, her interest in international affairs grew.  Back in her native Canada, she volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross, learning about international law and landmines.  She also performed for Canadian peacekeepers in Kabul, Afghanistan.  She stayed at the military base in Camp Julien and accompanied the military on various humanitarian missions in Kabul.  Since then, Lundberg’s goal has been to change the world in a positive way.

She chose CUNY Baccalaureate to pursue an Area of Concentration in “International Conflict Resolution.”  Under the mentorship of Profs. Pamela Falk, Political Science and Barbara Sproul, Religion, Hunter College, Lundberg enrolled in courses such as International Law, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, Politics of Development, Gender Dynamics, Model UN, and Theory of Revolution. She also completed an internship at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where she wrote a short article and produced a video piece on Dance Movement Therapy in conflict zones.

Lundberg has achieved her academic goal of studying and understanding international relations.  To put her knowledge in practice, she and friend Melissa Leschuck are setting up a nongovernmental organization helping unprivileged populations around the globe.  About this NGO, called “Growing Voices,” Lundberg says “Growing Voices (GV) is an online forum dedicated to supporting community-based projects and organizations that encourage development and reconstruction at the local level.  We uplift community based projects/grassroots organizations all over the world; we currently have a project in Malawi dealing with educational infrastructure and in North Carolina working with victims of domestic violence.”  Currently, they are concentrating on donors, developmental projects, consultants, volunteers and support for the organization.   Lundberg’s dream of changing the world is materializing.

Quinn Lundberg

In April 2010, Lundberg went to Haiti to work and learn with a local organization called Rural Haiti Project, working mostly with children and rehabilitation.  She writes “I lived for two weeks with a local family in a section of Port Au Prince called Plain Du Cul De Sac.  It was in this section where I was immersed in the daily living of those around me and experienced an intimate snapshot of what it is to live with very little.  In my brief time there I became frustrated and angry with their situation.  I witnessed one woman in the community come close to death because she had no access to medical care, and I saw intimately the ineffectiveness of the roads and the infrastructure to facilitate any sort of normal living.  The corruption and slow moving bureaucracy of the Haitian government is overwhelmingly stifling; its inability to serve its people severely limits the lives of all local Haitians.  It was a tough trip but I learned a lot.”

Lundberg’s academic institution, CUNY Baccalaureate, was established in 1971 to provide students with an innovative, flexible, and academically challenging way to earn their degrees. Working with CUNY faculty mentors, students are given a major share of responsibilities for the content of their individualized programs. CUNY Baccalaureate is also one of few places where students can create degrees in International Studies, Global Affairs, and other emerging fields.