Quinn Olpin

Quinn Olpin is our administrative assistant for Summer-Fall 2017. She is a fourth year student at Northeastern University where she is pursuing a degree in International Relations, with minors in Spanish and Women and Gender Studies. Quinn’s area of focus is Latin America. In the future, she hopes to work with women’s health, rights, and education, specifically reproductive rights and education. Quinn is from Utah and loves skiing, sailing, and backpacking.

Quinn appreciates this quote from Daisaku Ikeda's message to the Center sent, in 2009, on the occasion of the publishing of Creating Waldens: An East-West Conversation on the American Renaissance:

“The key to such dialogue [the dialogue of spiritual openness] is devoting our very lives to listening and learning from those different from us. This humble willingness to learn in profoundly meaningful, invariably fostering deep, empathetic connecting. Not only does this resonance enable us to understand others on a deeper level, it acts as a mighty impetus for our true self – our greater self – to flower within us”

Here are some of Quinn's own thoughts on the work of the Ikeda Center:

"Too often we are rushed to express explicitly our own opinion or interrupt the dialogue of others. You can learn a lot about people simply by attempting to understand their beliefs and ideas, listening intently. The focus the Center places on dialogue is something that I relate to and find incredibly important. By connecting with others we can better ourselves. This is something that I try to do everyday and am excited to be able to focus on even more during my time at the Ikeda Center."

 

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