Abbigail Hull

Abbigail Hull

Programs Associate

Abbigail Hull is a Programs Associate at the CIUS Center. She graduated with degrees in Chinese and Psychology at St. Olaf College. During her time as a undergradute she traveled to China three times. She studied at East China Normal Unversity in Shanghai, did research in Lanzhou, and studied in Dalian as a U.S. State Department Critical Language scholar. She also spent a summer as a business manager at a Chinese language summer camp in northern Minnesota through the Concordia Language Village. She is currently attending American University pursuing a Masters in International Development. As a psychology-enthusist, Abbi loves how language can foster connections and build understanding, and is grateful that learning Chinese has given her that perspective. She believes that language acquistion is critical in understanding the problems the world is facing and working together to solve them.

Erik Eging

Erik Eging

External Communications Associate

Erik Eging is an External Communications Associate at the CIUS Center. He graduated from George Mason University in December 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and a minor in Global Affairs.  He spent a semester abroad at Tsinghua University as well as participated in a summer language program at Minzu University during his undergrad.  These experiences allowed him insites into the importance of cross cultural exchange as well as the impact that comes from communicating with others in their native tongue.

Cheyenne Boyce

Cheyenne Boyce

Director of Program Development

Prior to joining the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, Cheyenne worked for and participated in a variety of programs designed to promote cross-cultural understanding and international education. She was a 2017 Critical Language Scholarship recipient and studied Bahasa Indonesia in Malang, Indonesia. Cheyenne was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2015 and served as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Malaysia. As an ETA, Cheyenne founded a Multicultural Club at her school and designed and facilitated a cultural exchange program for her students in Kedah, Malaysia, with students from a partner school in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Additionally, in 2016 Cheyenne served as a program assistant for the Indonesia U.S. Youth Leadership Program, which worked to promote peace education and cross-cultural understanding between students from Indonesia and the United States. Cheyenne’s research interests focus on the evaluation and utilization of peace education and cultural exchange programs in communities experiencing post-conflict ethnic tension. Cheyenne received her master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service in 2017 and her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Spelman College in 2014.

“Working at the CIUS Center has given me an opportunity to turn my passion for travel and cultural exchange into a career! There’s nothing better than connecting people across languages, backgrounds, and cultures and realizing that at the end of the day, we aren’t so different after all.”

Richard Kamenitzer

Richard Kamenitzer

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Kamenitzer is emeritus Program Director and Associate Professor of Arts Management at George Mason University, where he led the graduate program for nine years prior to his retirement in 2013. He has taught at 8 U.S. colleges and universities, as well as 3 Chinese Universities and 6 Korean universities, and has served as U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Kamenitzer is the 2014 recipient of the Jinx Hazel Award, the highest arts award in Fairfax County, Virginia. Over his 50+ year career, he has been a financial and management executive at numerous colleges, universities, and private educational institutions, and has consulted with dozens of not-for-profit and for-profit entities. He has extensive experience in governance at the board level, and currently serves on the board of the First Alliance Foundation. He has led board and management professional retreats and has consulted with the President of the United States on social programs.

Gao Qing

Gao Qing

Executive Director

Gao Qing is the Executive Director of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center. Under his leadership, the Center, with more than 100 Confucius Institutes across the United States, collaborates with other educational and cultural organizations in Washington, DC, and across the country to promote the Chinese language learning, global education and international people-to-people exchange. The Center’s signature programs include the US-China Global Education TV Series and the Confucius Institute National Honors Gala.

Gao served as Director of the Confucius Institute at George Mason University from 2010 to 2017, where he oversaw programming, finance, and operations. The George Mason University Confucius Institute received the “Confucius Institute of the Year” award in 2013, and Gao was recognized with the “Individual Excellence” award in 2012 from the Confucius Institute Headquarters. Gao has chaired panel discussions on the topics of assessment and evaluation, teaching technologies, and program development in international Confucius Institute conferences, and has given lectures at Chinese Director Training programs since 2012. He was also a faculty member of the Arts Management program at George Mason University, and served as Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts for China and Global Initiatives. Gao was instrumental in developing collaborative relationships between George Mason University and leading Chinese arts, cultural, and educational institutions on philanthropy and arts management, as well as educational partnerships. In addition, he assisted with business development initiatives for investment and trade between East Asia and Virginia. Before joining Mason in 2010, he worked at US-China Policy Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, DC. He has conducted research on Sino-US cultural and political relations and has managed the China Materials Service Center for four years. Gao completed his master’s degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Management, Fudan University.