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Daneen Bergquist

As a soccer goalie for the Huskies, Daneen Bergquist earned a shutout against Minnesota State University, Moorhead on Sept. 8, 2004.

Daneen Bergquist ’07 believes all people deserve civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights by virtue of their being human beings. She has conducted research on HIV/AIDS in Africa and volunteered at a pre-primary school near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She interned with Kids Against Hunger, a Minnesota-based international hunger relief organization.

In the summer of 2007, she worked as an external human rights coordinator for Thirdway, a human rights organization based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Among her many tasks, she developed a grant proposal for a human rights center in Anyako, Ghana.

She continues to serve Thirdway on a volunteer basis, working from her Minneapolis home to secure funding for the human rights center. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace and Justice. She plans to use the award to fund a flight to Ghana to observe the construction of the human right center.

Bergquist holds bachelor’s degrees in applied sociology and international relations from St. Cloud State. She is an accomplished soccer player who gives back to her sport by coaching and holding clinics for youngsters. Future plans may include law school or graduate school.