Dustin Liu

Dustin Liu

UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations

United Nations Association of the United States of America

New York, NY USA

When the opportunity came to help young people see their own potential and see themselves as problem-solvers, it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.


By Roadtrip Nation

Dustin Liu


My road in life has been direct.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time helping and learning from my mom, who was very engaged in the community.
Throughout high school, I focused on learning about ways that individuals could play a larger role in their community—I became very involved in local politics and community organizing.
I went to Cornell University and earned my bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations, through which I learned about the ways we can help people work together to achieve a common goal.
I continued to take on roles within the spheres of social change, education, and global citizenship.
In 2020, I was appointed as the ninth UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations—my role is focused on engaging youth with the work of the UN and helping them see themselves as problem-solvers.
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UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations

I engage young people with the work of the United Nations.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

My work is about providing a window into the UN, amplifying youth leadership, and activating young people. Sometimes I'll spend mornings writing a blog post about my experience at a UN meeting I attended in the past week. Then I'll move onto two or three workshops with middle schoolers and high schoolers, helping them understand sustainable development goals. Then I'll move onto editing a podcast I did with a young person who is telling her story about making a change in the climate movement.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Find out what's happening in your community and get involved. If there isn't an organization in your community, find one that's happening in a different context and try to reframe it in your own context. Reach out to your teachers and community members and find coalitions of social change. These actions are fundamental to really seeing yourself as a problem solver and they'll greatly help you along your change-making journey.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Young people can't contribute meaningfully to an organization. "

Challenges I Overcame

Age Discrimination
Racial Discrimination