Dustin Liu
Candidate for Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dustin Liu is the son of two Taiwanese immigrants who have long fostered in him the belief that individuals can inspire social change. As a child, his community engagement was encouraged through his mother’s work with the Tzu Chi Foundation, a role he likes to describe as his earliest and most formative “apprenticeship.” It was through supporting his mother’s work of leading local community groups that he became aware of the role we all play in building a better world. At Cornell, Dustin majored in industrial and labor relations with a focus in organizational behavior where he also served as the Student Trustee to Cornell’s Board of Trustees. After graduating from Cornell, he was named a Fulbright Scholar to Malaysia where he served as an English Teaching Assistant. Currently, he is a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Additionally, he serves as the ninth US Youth Observer to the United Nations working to connect young people to the work of the United Nations and is presently the Graduate Assistant for Social Innovation at MIT. Dustin’s prior experiences have been with organizations such as Breakthrough Collaborative, Global Citizen Year, Envoys and Matriculate in student-facing roles as an instructor, facilitator and program coordinator. He has also worked with organizations such as the Center for Collaborative Education and Ashoka U where he has worked to support the professional learning and network activation of educators in both K-12 and postsecondary settings. After graduate school, Dustin intends to pursue his interests of working to mend the crisis of connection, improving intergroup relations and reassessing the boundaries present in our local communities, as well as working to reignite our collective hope for a more just and equitable world. In his free time, Dustin is a certified Zumba instructor and loves to share his love for playing the cello in community with others.