Current Executive Board 2016-2017
GRACIE JIN (BK '20), CO-PRESIDENT
Gracie Jin, a freshman in Berkeley College, is beyond excited to serve as co-president of Building Bridges. She has experience working for the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights on the anti-sweatshop movement in China, the National Youth Leadership Council on education equity activism, and the Pittsburgh City Department of Health on a mental health campaign. Gracie hopes to unite her passions for global affairs, education, and public health through Building Bridges and help other migrant youths redefine home. At Yale, Gracie also sings jazz a cappella with Redhot&Blue and serves as a representative on Freshman Class Council.
BARKLEY DAI (MC '20), CO-PRESIDENT
Barkley is a current freshman at Morse College. He graduated from the Yali High School of Changsha, the sister high school of Yale in Changsha, China, which Building Bridges have been partnering with for the past 4 years. He have taught a seminar-based course rural school students at Hunan and have a deep concern on education inequality in China. He is excited to bring new perspectives and projects to Building Bridges and is proud as a bridge builder between U.S. and China.
RONA JI (MC '18), CO-PRESIDENT
Hi! I’m Rona Ji, currently a sophomore at Yale University studying Economics and Ethnicity, Race & Migration. I was born and raised in the United States to Chinese immigrant parents. Growing up in a bilingual family made me realize how difficult it was to not only learn how to speak and comprehend Chinese, but also to read and write characters. I am thankful every day that my family was incredibly supportive during my formative years, which has allowed me to master Chinese at a native level despite never having studied formally in China. I am excited to help Building Bridges provide a similar type of support, except for Chinese students who wish to learn English and would otherwise not have a lot of academic help.
AMANDA WENG (TD '19), SECRETARY
Amanda Weng is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She first heard about Building Bridges during her freshman year and is very excited to be part of the effort to make the program more impactful and accessible to both Yalies and Chinese students. Her family is from Fujian, China and she would love to learn more about contemporary issues in Chinese society through Building Bridges (while hopefully also getting a chance to improve her Mandarin). Amanda is also involved in Demos, a volunteer program teaching science in New Haven public schools, and loves to nap and Netflix in her spare time.
JASON CHEN (PC '20), TECHNOLOGY CHAIR
Jason is a freshman in Pierson College, thinking of majoring in Computer Science or Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He is very excited to be part of Building Bridges, and in the past has tutored and worked with refugee children. He is looking forward to learning more about and working toward solutions for issues facing China and the U.S., as well as improving his Mandarin skills. Outside of Building Bridges, he is involved in Mathcounts Outreach and Yale Water Polo.
MYLINH HE (ES '20), CURRICULUM DESIGN CHAIR
Mylinh is a freshman in Ezra Stiles College and is thinking about majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She has experience mentoring children, building interactive curriculum and is excited to impact a positive education experience for students in China through Building Bridges. Mylinh is looking forward to facilitating cultural exchange and making education accessible for students through the organization. Outside of Building Bridges, Mylinh is involved in the Vietnamese Student Association, Yale International Relations Association, and research.
SOPHIA DAI (DC '20), CURRICULUM DESIGN CHAIR
Sophia Dai Yale 2020', born in Wuhan, China, and raised in Germany and Macao. Prospective major in Computer Science and Chemical Engineering. Passionate about music, boron (aka organic chemistry), social entrepreneurship, feminism and food! Chair of curriculum design for Building Bridges and excited for rural education outreach!
JULIA DING (BC '19), CURRICULUM DESIGN CHAIR
Julia Ding is a sophomore in Branford College studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She was born in Henan Province and moved to the United States when she was four years old. In the future, she hopes to study medicine within an international context. Julia can usually be found running up and down science hill, figure skating, and playing piano in the common room.
YUKI HAYASAKA (SM '20), TREASURER
Hi, I'm Yuki Hayasaka, a freshman at Yale University. My intended major is anthropology and am passionate about minorities and identity politics. Born and raised in Japan, I have composed stage plays, conducted a scientific research, and volunteered in Miyagi after the Great East Japan Earthquake. I love Japanese superheroes!
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