Kimberly McClure, deputy director, U.S. Department of State, will speak about the 100,000 Strong Initiative at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Taylor Auditorium, Farmer School of Business. The 100,000 Strong Initiative is a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number, and diversify the composition, of American students studying in China.
McClure is an eight-year Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State and currently serves as deputy director of the 100,000 Strong Initiative. She has spent most of her career working on South Asia policy in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Washington. Following two-year assignments to Mumbai, India, and Kabul, Afghanistan, Kimberly worked as special assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The 100,000 Strong Initiative was officially launched in May 2010 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Beijing during the inaugural U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The Chinese government strongly supports the Initiative and has committed 20,000 scholarships for American students to study in China over four years.
The Initiative seeks to prepare the next generation of American experts on China who will be charged with managing the growing political, economic, and cultural ties between the United States and China. The Initiative also seeks to develop specific opportunities and private sector funding sources for underrepresented students to study in China, including students from public high schools, community colleges and minority-serving schools.
McClure’s lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Farmer School of Business and the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council.