Dear Friends,

We’re happy to introduce three of our talented Student Ambassadors who have been promoting China study abroad and the importance of understanding China’s language, people, and culture in their local communities across America. In this month’s Student Ambassador Spotlight, meet Alissa Cortez, Ella Guidry and Lauren Thornberg.

Alissa Cortez

Alissa Cortez attends the Conrad School of Science and is from Lancaster, California. As a Student Ambassador supported by the Delaware Department of Education, Alissa participated in Delaware’s Summer Chinese Language Initiative for Communicating STEM (LInCS) program and – upon her return – presented a research project about American and Chinese green energy solutions to former Delaware Governor Jack Markell and an audience of local business officials.


Ella Guidry

A student at Inspire Charter School and from La Puente, California, Ella Guidry was nominated by UCLA to be a Student Ambassador. After years of studying Mandarin, Ella composed a song,《妈妈我爱你》,  or “Mother I love you,” performed on the ukulele. She hopes to inspire people to broaden their minds and look to incorporate more Chinese into their lives.


Lauren Thornberg

A fellow Delaware Summer Chinese LInCS participant, Lauren Thornberg is from Lewes, Delaware, and attends Sussex Technical High School. As a Student Ambassador – thanks to Wanxiang Group – Lauren developed an infographic highlighting the growing importance of US-China relations. Check it out on our Instagram!


We love seeing our Student Ambassadors’ creativity and passion in sharing their China experiences and serving as an example for others who are interested in US-China affairs. Learn more about our Student Ambassadors and Signature Partners – including the Delaware Department of Education, UCLA and Wanxiang Group – and how they help contribute to a stronger, more productive bilateral relationship on our WeChat Official Account.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

The US-China Strong Foundation