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  • Master of Education, University of Masschusetts, Amherst, Mass., 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 2001

Felicia Ruth Lundquist has dedicated her life to demonstrating how a community might work productively, collectively, and creatively to organize, embrace unity, and accomplish our goals in a challenging climate.

From college admissions to social activism, Lundquist has spent her life dedicated to increasing accessibility for underrepresented populations. She recently served as the program coordinator for TRiO Student Support Services Program, overseeing the TRiO Peer Leadership Program, chair for the Sankofa Scholarship Committee, and member of both the Honors and Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Committee. Additionally, she served as the advisor for the UMass Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council, and is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She grew up as a low-income, first-generation college graduate and serves as a conduit for diverse populations.

In 1996, Lundquist started her college journey at the UMass Amherst, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She double-majored in Spanish and Sociology. Following graduation, she started a career in college admissions beginning at Hampshire College and concluding at Smith College. Eventually, she earned a master's degree in higher education with a concentration in education, research, policy, and administration, also at UMass Amherst.

Lundquist has benefited from her time in higher education. She has created a constructive rapport with community-based organizations while gaining the trust of many students and colleagues. She has developed and facilitated a number of workshops, trainings, and retreats dealing with cultural competence, fostering inclusive and equitable pedagogy, and exploring social and cultural differences through intergroup dialogues.

Lundquist has used her positions as opportunities to not only discover competencies critical to genuine relationships, but has been rewarded with some valuable learning lessons, and, as a result, she has developed flexibility in actions, fostered greater leadership and community. Her overarching goal has been to build a more positive, collaborative, and supportive community through connecting organizations, councils, and community members while supporting the needs of the students she works with. She embraces living in the present moment while being flexible in the approach; she looks forward to and is excited to continue her commitments, purpose to action, leadership, community, and success.