2019 People-to-People Award Honorees

Every year, the Confucius Institute U.S. Center recognizes ten outstanding students from Confucius Institutes across the United States for their inspiring engagement with Chinese language and culture. On September 14, 2019, these ten stellar students will travel to Washington, DC to be honored at our National Honors Gala and receive the People-to-People Award for their dedication to global education and mutual understanding between the U.S. and China. Honorees are selected through the CIUS Center's annual 'My Confucius Institute Story' Essay Contest, and this year's collection of stories truly represents the value and impact of Confucius Institutes from a variety of perspectives. 


Meet the 2019 Honorees

Michael Briggs

Confucius Institute at William & Mary College

Michael Briggs is a rising Senior at the College of William and Mary, where he studies Mathematics and Data Science...

JaiVI Chandola

Confucius Institute at The University of Buffalo

Jaivi Chandola is a nine-year-old girl finishing third grade at Maple West Elementary School in New York...

Sharon Dang

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

Sharon Dang is a Compass real estate broker who travels between California and New York, with her daughter Ava...

CARLY O'Connell

Confucius Institute at George Washington University

Carly is a young professional working in higher education. She began studying Chinese in sixth grade...

Frida Niebla

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

Before graduating from San Diego State University in 2017, Frida had the unique opportunity to visit China twice...


Confucius Institute at St. Cloud State University

I was ready to take the jump, for as Laozi said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step..."


Confucius Institute at Pace University

Olga Pang Stein is a global executive coach and a trainer currently based in the United States...


Confucius Institute at The University of Buffalo

Arthur Stachowski resides in Buffalo, New York with his wife of 42 years, Patricia. He is the father of two daughters: Natalie and Alexis...

KIIETTI Walker-Parker

Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University

A Georgia (USA) native, Kiietti Walker-Parker has been teaching, instructing, and guiding students for 17+...

DEan zollman

Confucius Institute at Kansas State University

Dean Zollman is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Kansas State University. He also holds the title of Distinguished University...