June 23, 2013

African American Students’ Visits to China 2013

In 2013, the Foundation worked with the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP) and Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) to provide tailor-made lecture programs for two delegations of African American students. The lectures included intensive courses on the History and Culture of China, Social and Economic Development in China, China’s Foreign Policy and U.S.-China Relations, Minority Affairs and development in China, China’s Education System and Chinese language. The groups engaged in study trips to the Hope Community, New Settlement Area, Environment Protection Base, and Oriental Land, to name a few. Students also had the opportunity to interact with Chinese students in a variety of activities. The project provided a wealth of materials that improved understanding of China for participating African American students, and many expressed interests of having longer study experience in China.

Locations:

Beijing
Shanghai

Participants:

1st Delegation:

Chicago Urban League Representatives:

  • Shari Runner, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Community Development
  • Kareem Pender, Sr. Director of Education and Human Capital Programs
  • Danielle S. Parker, Educational Program Manager

23 High School Students (Grade 9-11) from Chicago

2nd Delegation:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Congressional district representatives:

  • Regina Jackson, President & CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center
  • Nicka Smith, Program Officer, East Oakland Youth Development Center
  • Nola Turnage, Coach, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area

13 High School Students (Grade 9-11) from northern California

Partner Organizations:

Chicago Urban League
China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s district

Program Overview African American Students’ visits to China An important and integral part of CUSEF’s long-term initiative is to engage African American community, especially the younger generation, in order to promote mutual understanding. In partnership with Chicago Urban League and several Congressional Black Caucus members, the Foundation invites and sponsors groups of African American high school students to visit China every summer. Students will receive tailor-made lectures, visit attractions, and interact with Chinese students. The funds for these programs are partially donated by Wanxiang Group.
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