Dear Friends,

We’re excited to share this month’s Student Ambassador spotlight! Meet Joneil Escobar, Fiona Gould and Heather McClure, three students who are promoting the importance of China study abroad and taking on projects as US-China Strong Student Ambassadors in their local schools and communities.

Joneil Escobar
Originally from Mundelein, Illinois, Joneil Escobar attends Loyola University of Chicago and is currently at the Beijing Center, who nominated her to become a Student Ambassador. Joneil created a video about her experience on TBC’s Silk Road Excursion featuring cities located along the ancient route, such as Xi’an, Turpan and Kashgar.

Fiona Gould

Fiona Gould is from Los Angeles and studies at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. As a Student Ambassador with support from the China Institute, Fiona penned an essay for US-China Strong’s WeChat Official Account (OA) about cultural differences between China and the US, drawing on her own experiences with a Chinese host family and classmates.

Heather McClure

A student at the Conrad Schools of Science, Heath McClure is from Wilmington, Delaware, and became a Student Ambassador with the help of the Delaware Department of Education. She conducted research on the contrast between Chinese and American students’ reactions to pressure, and in presenting her findings, sought to dismantle stereotypes and break down barriers between the US and China.

Congratulations to Joneil, Fiona, and Heather for taking the lead in raising awareness about US-China ties among their peers and communities. Thank you to The Beijing Center, China Institute and the Delaware Department of Education – as well as all our stakeholders and partners – for continuing to support Student Ambassadors, China study abroad and Mandarin language learning.

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 on our WeChat Official Account.


Thanks, as always, for your support.

The US-China Strong Foundation