Meet the Fall 2017 Leadership Fellows!

by Melodie Ha on August 21st, 2017   1610 views

We are proud to introduce our newest cohort of 48 Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows!

PPLFP2 2We are proud to announce our new class of Fall 2017 Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows!

This year, we welcomed all students who have experience in both the US and China to apply. We received such an outpouring of enthusiasm and many excellent applications from Americans, Chinese and more. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to apply. We received so many thoughtful and passionate applications and it gives us so much hope for the future of U.S.-China bridge building. Our finalists come from 24 states, 43 schools, and 4 different countries.

This September, we’ll return to Harvard where it all began to meet our fifth cohort of US-China bridge builders and leaders – introducing the Fall 2017 Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows!

abigailchen Abigail Zhangmin Chen
Guangzhou, Guangdong – China
Cornell University
AidanTice Aidan Tice 
Placentia, CA – USA
Servite High School
AlexAntonas Alex Antonas
Knoxville, TN – USA
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
AlexisDrees Alexis Drees
Cleveland, Ohio – USA
University of South Florida
AnitaZhu Anita Zhu
Bryn Mawr, PA – USA
The Shipley School
CadeCampbell Cade Campbell 
Waukesha, WI – USA
University of Wisconsin – Madison
CaiyiZhao Caiyi Zhao
Zhengzhou, Henan – China
Centre College
CarlisleMicallef Carlisle Micallef
Los Gatos, CA – USA
Pitzer College
CameronXing  Cameron Xing
Jinan, Shandong – China
School of Visual Arts
CheRaina Che-Raina Warner 
St. Kitts & Nevis
University of the Virgin Islands
ChineduN Chinedu Nwokeafor
Baltimore, Maryland – USA
Morgan State University
ChristopherBurriss Christopher Burriss
Raleigh, NC – USA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Colson-Thompson Colson Thompson
Annandale, VA – USA Virginia Military Institute
DanielJin Daniel Jin 
San Jose, CA – USA
Pomona College
edwardkerner Edward Kerner
North Caldwell, NJ – USA
Binghamton University
Emily Geske Emily Geske
South Burlington, VT – USA
Colby College
MaggieJiang Feiyang “Maggie” Jiang
Hefei – China
University of California, Berkeley
GaretSkinner Garet Skinner
South Lyon, MI
Detroit Catholic Central High School
GarmaiMatthew Garmai Matthew 
Cleveland, OH – USA
University of Colorado Boulder
Jacob Liu Jacob Liu
Hinsdale, Illinois – USA
New York University
jamielui Jamie Lui
New York City, NY – USA
Indiana University
JoshuaOkada Joshua Okada
Falls Church, Virginia – USA
University of Virginia
JourneyFetter Journey Fetter
Denver, Colorado – USA
Lewis & Clark College
KarismaWilson Karisma Wilson
Indianapolis, IN – USA
Loyola University Chicago
LingMacLean Ling MacLean
Winchester, MA – USA
Colby College
LoganFeatherstone Logan Featherstone
Tallahasse, FL – USA
Centre College
madelineanderson Madeline Anderson
Baton Rouge, LA – USA
Baton Rouge Magnet High
MargaretEbacherRini Margaret Ebacher-Rini
Hereford, MD – USA
University of Maryland College Park
meiganniu Meigan Niu
Bowling Green, KY – USA
The Gatton Academy
MindyKim  Min A “Mindy” Kim 
Seoul, South Korea
Lewis & Clark College
MiraChaplin Mira Chaplin
Berkeley, CA – USA
University of California, Berkeley
NataliaVillarreal Natalia Villarreal 
Laredo, TX – USA
Texas A&M International University
ozziechung Ozzie Chung
New York City, NY – USA
Columbia University
qinyangdu  Qinyang Du 
Beijing, China
Avon Old Farms School
rachelpowellyoung Rachel Powell-Young
Washington D.C. – USA
DC International School
RyanStarkweather Ryan Starkweather
Tulsa, OK – USA
The University of Tulsa
SamaraSchuman Samara Schuman
Eugene, OR – USA
University of Oregon
shanaedoerr Shanae Doerr
Aberdeen, SD – USA
Northern State University
ShaniCave Shani Cave
Great Falls, VA -USA    College of William & Mary
shelbybaggott Shelby Baggott
Bowie, MD – USA
Bowie State University
5921356f69f5b-bpfull Sophia Voelkel
Prescott, AZ – USA
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
SophieShoultz Sophie Shoultz
Iowa City, IA – USA
Georgetown University
StephWong Stephanie Wong 
Naperville, IL – USA
Loyola University Chicago
taylarMartin Taylar Martin 
Boiling Springs, PA – USA
American University
Tongyu Tong Yu
Mudangjiang, Heilongjiang – China
University of Rochester
tylerbrumfield Tyler L. Brumfield
Chicago, IL – USA
University of Missouri – Columbia
victoriahans Victoria Hans 
Knoxville, TN – USA
Western Kentucky University
ZoeToigo Zoe Toigo
Mechanicsburg, PA – USA
University of Pittsburgh

The Leadership Training Summit is comprised of four days of intensive and hands-on learning covering tools needed to lead a strong chapter: leadership, organizing, action and U.S.-China bridge-building. Fellows will have hands on experience with building relationships, recruiting, strategizing, empowerment, and other leadership skills. Upon completion of the training, our leadership fellows will return to their high schools and universities to build their own Project Pengyou Chapters.

Project Pengyou Chapters are student organizations at US high schools, colleges and universities built by Americans and Chinese who have lived and/or studied in both countries. They serve as advocates to fight xenophobia and promote inclusion, collaboration and mutual understanding between Americans and Chinese. Led by trained Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows, these hubs of constructive and empathetic US-China exchange hold discussions, activities, and campaigns that develop cross-cultural competence, leadership and friendship.

Want to become a Leadership Fellow but missed the deadline? Keep an eye out for our application for next year, which will be open in Spring 2018! 


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