Kunshan Student Ambassador Council

KSAC at Duke


KSAC is creating a DKU and Duke network of students fostering communication, exchange of ideas, and integration of students across both campuses. KSAC seeks to accomplish this mission by actively promoting peer-to-peer dialogue between campuses, facilitating co-organized events that involve students, clubs, or organizations from both campuses, and highlighting experiences and insights of student exchange and integration.

Since its establishment, KSAC has worked on a range of projects. Early on, we provided student insight into the development of new programs at DKU and worked to raise awareness of Duke-DKU collaborations. In recent years our leaders have focused on building active partnerships between Duke and DKU student groups, fostering meaningful cross-campus exchange through events and collaborations, and supporting Duke and DKU students during their study abroad on our campuses.

At Duke, KSAC is advised by the Duke Office of DKU Relations; at DKU, KSAC is advised by the DKU Office of Global Education.

KSAC values unique and diverse student experiences and perspectives and encourages all interested students to apply. For questions or an application, please contact KSAC student leaders or Irina Adams at the Duke Office of Duke Kunshan University Relations.


KSAC 2020-2021 Leadership 

Mike Liu is a junior at Duke majoring in economics. As a native Suzhounese, he is well familiar with that area of China. His home is just 20 minutes away from the DKU campus, and that is why he feels connected with DKU and KSAC. Interested in promoting Suzhou culture, he founded Soociao research group to examine Suzhou bridges’ symbolic significance and help others learn about Suzhou’s rich culture with aim of preservation. He is passionate about building connections between Chinese and western cultures and hopes to become a bridge by acting as an interpreter in between. He is also interested in technology and entrepreneurship and works as a tech consultant at Innovation Co-Lab. He is more than willing to share his understanding about DKU, the Suzhou area, and Chinese culture and can be reached at xinchen.liu@duke.edu.

Rebekah Alvarenga is a sophomore Duke student from New Orleans, Louisiana. She has strong interests in documentary studies, cultural anthropology, visual arts, and education. On campus, Rebekah is involved in the David. M Rubenstein Program, QuestBridge, Penny Pilgram Leadership Initiative, and Mi Gente. As a first-generation student of Latino immigrants, Rebekah has become passionate about studying cross cultural and educational experiences. During Spring Break 2019, Rebekah spent a week at DKU documenting the first-year experience and hopes to continue exploring culture and education through KSAC.

Judy Zhong is a sophomore at Duke from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although currently undecided in her major, she has strong interests in entrepreneurship/social impact and medicine/health. On-campus, Judy is part of the Huang Fellows Program, Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Duke University Union, Duke Business Society, and works on launching an environmental tech startup in her free time. Having been raised by Chinese immigrants and spent a good deal of her childhood in China, Judy has an appreciation for both western and eastern cultures and hopes to help others come to do so as well. Email her at judy.zhong@duke.edu.

Charlie Colasurdo is a sophomore at Duke Kunshan, majoring in political science and public policy. Born and raised in Connecticut, he has taken Mandarin since the sixth grade and spent most of his high school breaks abroad in Southeast Asia, working in Vietnam and Thailand for a year after graduating. A Co-Director of the Duke Initiative for Urban Studies, Charlie focuses on the intersections of cities, food, and the circular economy. He is an editor for the Duke Chronicle and is invested in facilitating more interaction between the two campuses. He can be reached at charles.colasurdo@duke.edu.

Yetta (Wanying) He is a junior at Duke Kunshan majoring in data science with a strong interest in humanities. Yetta was drawn to DKU by her keen interest in the cross-section of things, including intercultural communication, international relations, and interdisciplinary research. She is the co-president of Duke China-U.S. Summit, the first large-scale joint project between Duke and DKU students. She has founded and currently directs the Interdisciplinary Knowledge Network Lab at DKU. Yetta spent her first-year summer at Duke participating in the I&E program and was thrilled to have known many amazing people during her stay. By joining KSAC, she is excited to help expand the inter-institutional connections between DKU and Duke. She can be reached at wanying.he@duke.edu


KSAC 2020-2021 Members

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