As part of the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s ongoing effort to build new city partnerships across the country, I wanted to give you an update on my recent trips to Boston and New Orleans. These are two very different cities, but both are filled with opportunity for area students to study in China and learn Mandarin!
In Boston, I met with policy makers from both the city and the state of Massachusetts, who are actively working to expand opportunities for local students to learn about China. In New Orleans, I had the privilege of speaking at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society on a panel hosted by the three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) based in New Orleans — Dillard College, the Southern University, and Xavier University — as well as Delgado Community College. It was a terrific opportunity to talk about the 100,000 Strong Foundation’s commitment to diversifying study abroad in China, as well as to get feedback on some of the ways that the Foundation can support HBCUs as they work to internationalize their campuses. Perhaps most exciting was meeting a group of Xavier students who will travel to China this summer as a result of the new Confucius Institute housed on their campus — the first CI at an HBCU!
I look forward to spending more time in Boston, New Orleans and other great cities in the months ahead to talk about the importance of US-China ties and study abroad. Stay tuned!