“The AFS Youth Assembly means three things to me: a safe space to learn, a community to grow, and a space of diversity and solidarity “
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Quinnie Collins is a second-year graduate student at the School of Graduate Studies New Brunswick and plans to graduate in the 2024 spring semester. She serves as a Student Ambassador for the M.A. Program in Political Science – United Nations and Global Policy Studies (UNMA).
She was offered her spring internship at the office of Assemblyman Sterley Stanley. As a refugee from Liberia, her family accepted settlement in Australia. In 2018, Qunnie earned her bachelor of Business, majoring in International Business and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney. Quinnie has professional experience in international humanitarian service where she has worked with others to organize community-specific programs and networked alongside reputable entities in countries throughout Africa. She served as a mentor for the Intensive Leadership Training Program, organized by the KUWO Leadership Academy in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights and Restorative Justice at McMaster University.
Qunnie has participated in human rights advocacy in the form of the “Red Card Campaign” at the United Nations. She engaged with the delegation at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations and submitted a pledge to the campaign, which seeks to mobilize individuals from all sectors of society to commit to giving a “red card” to all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.
Quinnie raises her four-year-old daughter, Brielle, who drives her passion to create a just society for Brielle’s generation and onward.