Current Executive Board 2017-2018
AMY ZHANG (BK '21), CO-PRESIDENT
Amy Zhang is a first-year in Berkeley College and the current co-president! She is excited about public health, education equality, and Chinese studies, and hopes to explore all of these through Building Bridges. A fun fact about her is that she interned at a Chinese hospital this past summer!
JASON CHEN (PC '20), CO-PRESIDENT
Jason is a sophomore 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 refugee children through Exodus. 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. He taught for Building Bridges in Shanxi last summer!
ALLISON CHEN (TD '21), OUTREACH CHAIR
Allison Chen (TD '21) is from Queen Creek, Arizona. As of now, she plans on majoring in Economics or Political Science. She is also involved with creative writing, theater, piano, journalism, and more. She joined Building Bridges because she loves Chinese culture and international relations. Allison also loves her frozen blended coffee.
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. Julia taught for Building Bridges in Shanxi last summer!
JOELLE BESCH (PC '21), SECRETARY
Joelle Besch is a first-year in Pierson College. She is a prospective Global Affairs major who is also interested in East Asian studies. She is interested in China’s rural-urban divide and education inequality, and hopes that Building Bridges can play a role in addressing these issues for rural students. Joelle is also a member of the Yale rock climbing team and tutors English for Bridges ESL.
LILLIAN HUA (SM '21), TREASURER
Lillian is a prospective Global Affairs and Literature major in Silliman who very much enjoys slithering into hammocks and discovering Yale’s nooks. She was drawn to Building Bridges because of her interest in development and rural China, a region whose issues are often overshadowed by the rest of China’s economic flight—speaking of flight, she also adores pigeons, which China is thankfully full of.
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