My name is Lynn Lumens, and I am an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am pursuing a major in Natural Resources: Policy and Administration and a minor in Social Work. After I graduate in December of 2018, I hope to work in the intersection of supporting the natural world and the social world. This includes topics such as stewardship and sustainability, especially in a way that allows me to advocate for those around me. I am interested in going to graduate school for a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management.
At NC State, I am involved in several organizations. Most notably, I am the President of the Allies for Students with Disabilities (ASD). The ASD is an advocacy club that serves as a resource for the NC State community, both able and disabled. While I have sat several student panels and worked with outside entities, I have found that my most exciting work has been networking with individuals in the field of disability advocacy and learning more about concepts that I can bring back to institute at NC State. To that end, I have attended two accessibility-focused symposiums hosted by the Ed-ICT International Network, one in Seattle and one in Montreal.
Additionally, I also am a facilitator with the Carolina Coalition chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). Being a facilitator means that I have been trained in how to present their NCBI Prejudice Reduction Workshop and educate others in how to improve the campus climate for diversity, while also teaching how to shift prejudicial attitudes. I am also a GLBT Advocate Program staff member, and I have attended educational workshops in order to further understand the evolving spectrum of gender and sexual orientations to become a Project SAFE Ally.
I have worked for the BioResources Scholarly Journal in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State. I was a Pre-Editor, meaning that I edited scholarly journal submissions from authors around the world. This job allowed me to gain invaluable skills in proofreading, communication, and editorial responsibility.
I am currently interning with Rural Forward NC as a Program Associate. Thus far, I have gone to several meetings throughout the state, including Raleigh and its surroundings, and Rockingham, Nash, and Beaufort counties. Sitting in rooms where the discussions revolve around behavioral health, opioid overdose awareness, and food deserts is humbling to say the least. The sheer will and power that these individuals possess is awe-inspiring, and it encourages me to strive to be a better person and a better advocate.
If you’ve gotten this far, chances are that you’ve noticed that I own my own website with a blog! My goal is to use this blog eventually to showcase how underprivileged and minority communities interact with their environment. Nature can be used as an escape from one’s present situation or to gain a sense of clarity. I would love to blog full-time and to meet people to allow me to be exposed to new perspectives.
Interests and Hobbies
I am involved in two other student organizations on campus: AcePack and Bi/Pan. Both of these provide a community for me to be open about my identities and to be involved in discussions about these identities.
I love hiking and photography, both of which go together for some fun nature photography! (In fact, I’ve personally taken all of the pictures used on this website, except for some of my posts’ featured images!) I really enjoy bellydancing, although currently I am not a member of an active troupe. I am also very fond of reading and writing, and would love to one day write a novel! Additionally, I am very passionate about travelling, both for fun and for service or events!