In recognition of its ongoing commitment to educational exchange between the U.S. and China, the UI was chosen as one of eight signature partners of the 100,000 Strong Foundation for 2014-15. The foundation is part of a State Department initiative to increase and diversify the number of American students studying in China.
As a signature partner, the UI selected six students to serve as ambassadors for the initiative. In November, four of these students and an International Programs staff liaison traveled to Washington, D.C. for a student reunion summit where they attended policy discussions on U.S.-China relations, developed ideas for promoting study abroad in China on their home campuses, and attended a dinner hosted by the Chinese embassy.
Student Ambassadors who attended included Sarah Steffens, Jeffrey Ding, Jackie Otting, and Elise Prendergast. International Programs Creative Media Specialist Lauren Katalinich also attended the summit and led a breakout session on "Navigating Issues of Gender and Identity in today's China."