The US China Association has officially launched a new program called the “Campus Engagement Initiative.” With over 400,00 Chinese high school and university students in the United States each year, we realized this is a way to strengthen our bonds of understanding and friendship without leaving our own backyard.
Several years in the making, this initiative is dedicated to enhancing the ability of university campus administrators, student services personnel, and especially professors of theology and religion, who teach Chinese international students, to successfully engage their students on campus.
We also acknowledge that we are in a very difficult time for all faculty and students, and this is especially the case for Chinese international students who have been stranded by the pandemic and taken aback by the tense rhetoric between China and the U.S.
Resources for High Schools
The goal of our methodology is to create a greater understanding on the part of faculties and administrations as to the cultural, sociological, and philosophical backgrounds of Chinese International students which in turn will help lead these students into a richer campus life.
If you work in a high school or university that hosts Chinese international students and are interested in improving your institution’s efforts to serve them, consider taking our brief 9 question survey to better inform our efforts. There are different versions for religious studies and theology teachers, campus ministers, and counselors and recruiters, depending on the level the institution serves.
For inquiries, please contact Cecilia Flores, Campus Engagement Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US China Association will be offering several workshops at both the university and high school level online via Zoom. These workshops will be offered both in Fall 2020 and in Spring 2021. Additional dates will be added soon.
Please note, we will be offering follow-up workshops at the USCCA's International Conference “China, Christianity, and the Dialogue of Civilizations,” at Santa Clara University, 6 - 8 August 2021.
November 14th, 2020 at 3:30pm PST
background and concerns of high school
students coming from china
Dr. Chiaretto Kin Sheung Yan
Youth minister in China and author of A Season for Relationships: Youth in China and the Mission of the Church.
Board member of the USCCA, sixth generation Catholic from Sichuan Province, experienced high school teacher in the U.S.; Mr. Liu also runs online courses for students in China interested in coming to the U.S. for education.
Graduate of a Catholic high school in the California Bay Area who originally hails from Guangdong Province; Mr. Lin is currently a grad student in engineering at Cornell.
What are common attitudes and concerns among middle school young people in China? How can you best address their concerns and those of their parents in dealing with the challenges we face now? How can your school best help them to flourish?
November 21st, 2020 at TBD PST
meeting recruiting challenges in china today: catholic high schools
Works for the Oxford Network, one the agencies Chinese parents turn to when seeking a high school that will provide their son or daughter with an excellent education. In the midst of this pandemic and the other issues that have dramatically affected academic exchange between China and the U.S., Marvin has been able to build and maintain relationships of trust overseas.
Gary Meegan, Ed.D.
Theology Department Chair, Junípero Serra High School, San Mateo, California.
Dr. Meegan is a respected educator and public speaker who has worked with Chinese international students and traveled to China to represent Serra High School and maintain relations with their alumni.
Works with parents on the Chinese side of the Pacific. As Director of Operations for the Guangzhou Educational Consulting Company, Dawei understands the concerns of parents as they seek schools that meet their expectations and their students’ needs.
Why do so many Chinese parents trust Catholic high schools to educate their daughters and sons? How can your school get its messaging out effectively? How must your high school update its outreach with the new challenges we now face?
We are currently in the process of distributing a high school survey to solicit feedback on several areas to better understand the real needs of both the students and schools.
If you work in a high school that hosts Chinese international students and are interested in improving your institution’s efforts to serve them, consider taking our brief 9 question survey to better inform our efforts. There are different versions for religious studies and theology teachers, campus ministers, and counselors and recruiters, depending on the level the institution serves.