Participant bios

Fellows and their home/host organizations

Program Highlight - Li Li:

Chinese Fellow Li Li had a busy first week!  She learned about the work of her placement organization, the Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, through numerous discussions with staff members, observation of some activities, and by attending the annual volunteer awards program called “Pillars of Change – Celebrating Sanctuary’s Volunteers.”  She noted three things:  how much the amazing volunteers contribute, how volunteers are managed effectively, and the involvement of law firms that work with Sanctuary for Families.  With Sanctuary colleagues she also visited the Queens (NY) Family Justice Center and the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court.  She was particularly impressed by the judge who was “super nice” and extremely patient with the defendants.

 

Program Highlight - Javzansuren Norvanchig:

NCUSCR Mongolian Fellow Javzansuren Norvanchig, a water specialist with WaSH Mongolia [WaSH stands for water, sanitation, and hygiene] is spending the month of May at Waterkeeper Alliance (WKA) in New York City.  She participated in Riverkeeper Sweep, an annual event of Riverkeeper (a WKA member) to keep the watershed area and water of the Hudson River clean.  The Sweep kick-off event was organized on Randall’s Island where volunteers pulled weeds and planted grass along the riverbank to protect the natural habitat.  Talking and working with people committed to river clean-up in New York City inspires Javzaa to advocate for clean water in Mongolia.

 
Javzansuren Norvanchig at Riverkeeper Sweep kick-off, Randall’s Island, NYC, May 2015

 

Program Highlight - Feng Ling:

NCUSCR Chinese Fellow Feng Ling, vice director and research fellow of the Huamin Charity Foundation in Beijing, accompanied the executive director of Community Research Partners in Columbus, Ohio, to a client meeting with Nationwide Children’s Hospital for discussions of indicators and metrics of success.  In China, hospitals rarely consider social indicators in assessing their work.  “Seeing how this is done in the United States will be inspiring to me when I conduct public health projects in China.”  The hospital itself was very bright and cheerful – “more color, less pain.”

 
The bright and cheerful Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH

 

Program Highlight - Mei Lan:

Mei Lan, a member of the Tujia ethnic minority in China who is interested in green historic preservation, spent the first two weeks of her NCUSCR fellowship placement at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., where she had opportunities to speak with a range of people at the National Trust and beyond.  She found them united in their passion to preserve “invaluable old things,” and was amazed by their accomplishments.   One project of particular interest is the HOPE Crew Project, an initiative to train young people in preservation crafts while helping to protect historic cultural sites on public lands.  Named “HOPE Crew” for “Hands-On Preservation Experience,” the program links preservation projects to the national youth corps.  It brings the potential for thousands of crew members to work on hundreds of sites, learning preservation craft skills while rehabilitating historic places.  Ms. Mei observed that HOPE Crew “not only educates people about the importance of old buildings, but most importantly helps them learn a new life skill.”

 
Mei Lan with Monica Rhodes, Associate Director, HOPE Crew Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Professional Fellows Program

The Professional Fellows Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a two-way capacity building exchange for emerging NGO leaders in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the fields of the environment, legal aid, philanthropy, and community building among marginalized populations. The National Committee works with NGOs in the United States, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to carry out the program with a total of 28 Asian fellows and 14 American counterparts each year of the three-year cycle.

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