The mission of the Yenching Academy program is to equip outstanding young scholars with a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of China that reflects both Chinese and international perspectives, and to cultivate leaders who will advocate for global progress and cultural understanding. The program offers interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development.
UW’s 2016-17 Nominee: Caleb Huffman
Senior, Political Science, Communication majors
Caleb Huffman is from Onalaska, Washington, and is a double major in political science and communication at the University of Washington enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Honors College. Passionate about learning, he began college at the age of sixteen. Today, Caleb is currently analyzing Donald Trump’s stump speeches in the Communication Honors Program, while researching firearm homicide rates in the Political Science Honors Program and as a fellow with the Center for American Politics and Public Policy. Caleb studied global cities and human migrations as a Gilman Scholar in Rome, Italy. As a University of Washington Husky Presidential Ambassador to Tsinghua University in Beijing, he works to build cross-cultural understanding and develop transnational leadership skills. As a Fellow with the U.S.-China Initiative at Georgetown University, Caleb discusses and collaborates with other fellows to increase the two countries’ positive impact on the world. Outside of class, Caleb served on the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council engaging hundreds of youth in politics, successfully lobbying several bills into Washington State law. He is the President of UW’s Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors chapter and Student Director for the Veritas Forum at UW. He works for UW admissions as a campus tour guide, having represented UW to over 2,000 potential students and their guests. Caleb has also worked for UW’s International Student Services and the Study Abroad Office assisting international learning. In the future, Caleb will pursue a J.D. in international law with the aim of becoming an influential actor in American foreign relations.