CBCF Embarks on Second Study Abroad Trip to China

Contact: Shrita Sterlin-Hernandez,

Forty students will learn Chinese culture and interact with China leaders in science and technology

WASHINGTON—This summer, 40 college students are getting prepared for an exciting and enriching time in China. They will participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Emerging Leaders: US-China Study Abroad Delegation, which is sponsored by Bank of America, Dell, Inc. and PepsiCo. Over the course of two weeks, the group will visit Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai and study Chinese history, Mandarin, business and politics.

“The CBCF is committed to providing students with a global perspective.” Said A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the CBCF. “The China study abroad program will allow our students to see the educational and career opportunities that are available to them internationally.

“We appreciate Bank of America, Dell, Inc. and PepsiCo’s support of this great initiative to globalize black youth.” Said Rep. Chaka Fattah, board chairman of the CBCF. “We are excited for our students. They have an amazing opportunity to learn and experience a whole new world.”

The China-U.S. Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) organized and administered the program in collaboration with the CBCF. Students will tour the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing and participate in lectures and workshops about China’s economy, education system, art, and history, and US-China relations.

Students with exceptional coursework in business and trade, or science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) were selected. The program for the first group of 20 students will take place June 25 to July 13. The program dates for the second group is from July 9 to July 27.

Students participating this summer:

STEM Cohort

1. Hussein Umar Abdullahi, Augsburg College
2. Uzoma Bailey Ayogu, Duke University
3. Marcus Alexander Barboza, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
4. Leia Sonia Carey, Bard College
5. Amoy Latrice Fraser, CUNY Medgar Evers College
6. Christinia Latashia Green, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
7. Geryn Taylor Hasty, Xavier University of Louisiana
8. Kimberly Armabel James, CUNY Medgar Evers College
9. Sadiya Roba Jiru, Augsburg College
10. Patrick Bernard Johnson Jr., Howard University
11. Demi Imani Francesca Lewis, Howard University
12. Winzer Lorissaint, Palm Beach State College
13. Winnie Hope Bonareri Mamboleo, Durham Technical Community College
14. Phillip Samuel Elam, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
15. Paul Jonathan Miller, Howard University
16. Austin Elliott Ogletree, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
17. Jillian Yvette Pailin, Howard University
18. Devin Elijah Gavin, Morgan State University
19. Ajayi Omiseye Scott-Robinson, The George Washington University
20. Edwin Devon Alexander Simpson, Claflin University

Business & Trade Cohort

1. Kaaya Adoley Allotey, Howard University
2. Lillian Claire Appling, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
3. Nathnael Hailuaga Bulcho, American University
4. Leah Yarbrough Castleberry, Howard University
5. Chaneal Denise Conway, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
6. Justina Ngozi Ejifor, Rutgers University
7. Carry J Franz Fils Aime, City College of New York
8. Alexis Dominique Holmes, Morgan State University
9. Aaisha Joseph, The CUNY at York College
10. Rasheed Muneer Matthews, Howard University
11. Alexia Davene Nal, American University
12. Jamila Olivia Pugh, Mount Mary University
13. Jasmyne Eman Riley, Hampton University
14. Brian Matthew Roach, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
15. Nia Camille Sylvester, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
16. Colin Harold Wagner, Claflin University
17. Serah Althea Washington, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
18. Nia Jemila Whitaker, Howard University
19. Kendall Bernard Williams, Alabama State University
20. Diamond Ayana Womack, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

To learn more about the CBCF and the US-China Study Abroad Program, visit


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