The U.S. Department of State has named Dr. Hua Jiang of China as State Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout November, his leadership and work to combat HIV/AIDS will be recognized on the State Alumni website, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official site for the more than one million alumni who have participated in a Department-sponsored exchange program.
Dr. Hua Jiang is a health advocate, medical doctor and surgeon. An alumnus of the Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Jiang is currently the president of the Southwest China Alumni Association, an organization that brings together exchange alumni to network and share information. Combining his enthusiasm for bilateral exchange with his desire to promote well-run non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in China, Jiang launched an effort to highlight NGO work among the local alumni network and to teach rules of order. Working with other alumni leaders, he plans events and field trips that allow alumni to learn about alumni-run organizations while strengthening their network.
In 2005, Jiang participated in an IVLP project focused on HIV/AIDS services in the United States as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement and its response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Through his medical and community work, Jiang has become one of the foremost leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Upon returning to southwest China, he implemented new concepts and ideas for the betterment of his community. Under his leadership, Aibai Chengdu LGBT Youth Center has more than 200 volunteers working on issues such as LGBT advocacy, HIV/AIDS intervention, mental health support and other social services.
Jiang is also a leader in promoting international exchange. He meets with visiting scholars and officials to discuss issues, ranging from health care to leadership, thus sharing his knowledge of China and, in return, gaining knowledge to apply in his work. He also invites visiting U.S. professors, Fulbright scholars and others to meet members of his organization and to lecture in China. Organizations and individuals he met during his IVLP exchange have remained important contacts, and he encourages his colleagues to attend training and exchanges abroad.
Each month the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports alumni as they build on their exchange experiences, confers the State Alumni Member of the Month award on an outstanding alumnus or alumna. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over 1 million people around the world, including more than 51 Nobel Laureates and more than 340 current or former heads of state and government.
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