Kunshan Student Ambassador Council

KSAC at Duke


A driving force in inter-institutional collaboration, the Kunshan Student Ambassador Council (KSAC) is a Duke network of students fostering communication, exchange of ideas, and the integration of students across Duke and DKU.

KSAC members at Duke actively promote cross-cultural dialogue between campuses, conduct outreach to the Duke student body, organize and participate in related events and conferences in the U.S. and China and share their experiences and insights with various stakeholders.

At Duke, KSAC is advised by the Office of Duke Kunshan University Programs. Students from all academic programs are eligible for membership, which is based on a competitive process. Applications are open to Duke undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students. KSAC values unique and diverse student experiences and perspectives and encourages interested students to apply. For questions or an application, please contact Irina Adams at the Office of Duke Kunshan Programs.

KSAC 2018-2019 Members


Alessandra Zhang is a senior at Duke with a major of Computer Science and minors in Visual arts and Finance. As a student from Shanghai, China, she is passionate about both Chinese culture and American society. She is thrilled to be a member of KSAC to bridge the students from DKU, Duke and Wuhan University. At Duke, she also serves as the treasurer of Chinese Student Association and participates in a variety of volunteer programs at Duke and around Durham. She has helped to organize the 2016 Duke China-US forum and welcomed over 300 attendees to exchange their ideas. With her genuine passion about US-China relationship, she is inspired to bring her energy to KSAC. Alessandra currently serves as co-chair of KSAC, along with Ross Winston. Email her at ale.z@duke.edu.



Ross Winston is a senior in the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Sociology with a certificate in Markets and Management. A North Carolina native, Winston is fascinated by Chinese business and culture and is thrilled to be a part of KSAC. While he has not yet visited DKU he hopes to have the opportunity to do so in the near future. At Duke he serves as Associate Chief Justice of the Duke Student Government Judiciary, volunteers in the Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Club Squash Team. He leads an Innovation Co-Lab funded grant project in the development of a digital bus stop sign and is employed by Duke Stores as Campus Representative for the Duke Technology Center. Along with Alessandra Zhang, Winston currently serves as co-chair of KSAC and can be reached at jrw91@duke.edu.


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Xiao Ji is currently a 2nd year master's student in the Global Health program at Duke Kunshan University. As a Chinese native citizen from Shenyang, Liaoning Province, she has a rich knowledge of Chinese cultures. Having studied at both DKU and Duke, she is interested in different cultures. Before she began her studies at DKU, she worked as a cardiologist in China. She graduated with a master's degree in internal medicine from China Medical University and subsequently worked in a tertiary public hospital in Liaoning Province. She is interested in high-tech management of chronic diseases and plans to pursue this field in her future career. With rich experiences of studying, working, and collaborating with others, she hopes she can contribute to KSAC and create a promising future.



Vikram Seethepalli is a senior at Duke University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Chinese and a certificate in Markets/Management. As someone who is very fascinated with Chinese culture, Vikram decided to spend his 2017 fall semester at Duke Kunshan University as part of the DKU Global Learning Semester. While there, he worked in the DKU marketing department, led the DKU basketball team to a championship victory against neighboring Canadian International School, and learned many differences between American and Chinese culture. He hopes to continue to promote cross cultural exploration between U.S. and Chinese students as a member of KSAC. Throughout his three years at Duke, Vikram has been been a part of the Duke University Union marketing team, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and the Duke Marching and Pep Band. Email Vikram at vcs8@duke.edu.


KSAC 2019-2020 Members


As a junior at Duke University, Linda Zhang majors in public policy but keeps her strong interest in higher education. Originally from Tianjin, China, Linda spent her freshman year summer at Duke Kunshan researching Chinese students' perceptions of liberal arts education. She later studied "abroad" at DKU in the spring semester of her sophomore year and continued to participate in the design and implementation of DKU's new undergraduate curriculum. Linda spent her sophomore year summer researching Germany's apprenticeship education system and dual system training with Siemens in Charlotte, North Carolina. On campus, Linda is actively involved in student life, serving as a resident assistant in Crowell and a Duke tour guide. She is also a member in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and performs in the Afro-Cuban Ensemble.



Vincent Liu is a sophomore at Duke majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Economics. Originally from Chengdu China, he came to the U.S. for high school and has actively engaged in cultural communication ever since. In his freshman year, he founded Duke CommuniTEA to promote tea culture and facilitate the sense of community at Duke. As a first-gen who has experienced multiple education systems, he has a deep interest in education and seeks the intersection between education and technology. In 2018 spring, he first learned about DKU from a Spring Breakthrough course with Noah Pickus. For Spring Break 2019, he spent a week at DKU documenting the students’ experience there. Email him at jie.liu1@duke.edu.


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As a rising senior at Duke University, Amy Jiang is deeply involved in utilizing technology in the service of society. For her, this has manifested in a major in public policy to better understand how technology can be developed and created for local contexts. In her free time during summer and the school year, she has worked alongside local government agencies, military groups, and public school programs to harness technology to meet their needs. With her leftover free time, she loves the Duke gym's free workout classes and sleeping at 10:30pm. 




Esther Wang is a rising senior at Duke majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science with a minor in Finance. Born and raised in Beijing, she came to the U.S. at the age of fourteen for high school and this experience sparked her interest in cross-cultural communication between U.S. and China. Passionate about business and healthcare technology, she was amazed by relevant research projects and unique culture at DKU when she visited the campus during freshmen year. Having served on the board of Chinese Student Association and Duke China-U.S. Summit (DCUS) organizing committee for the past three years, she would really love to share her enthusiasm and contribute to the bridge connecting the two institutions with other members of KSAC. On campus, she is also involved in Investment Club, Bass Connections Virtual Avatar team and LangDorm. She can be reached at Weiwei.wang@duke.edu.


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Mike Liu is a rising sophomore at Duke majoring in Economics. As a native Suzhounese, he is well familiar with that area of China. His home is just 20 minutes away from the DKU campus, and that is why he feels connected with DKU and KSAC. Interested in promoting Suzhou culture, he founded Soociao research group to examine Suzhou bridges’ symbolic significance and help others learn about Suzhou’s rich culture with aim of preservation. He is passionate about building connections between Chinese and western cultures and hopes to become a bridge by acting as an interpreter in between. He is also interested in technology and entrepreneurship, and works as a tech consultant at Innovation Co-Lab. He is more than willing to share his understanding about DKU, Suzhou area, and Chinese culture and can be reached at Xinchen.liu@duke.edu.



Rebekah Alvarenga is a rising sophomore Duke student from New Orleans, Louisiana. She has strong interests in documentary studies, cultural anthropology, visual arts, and education. On campus, Rebekah is involved in the David. M Rubenstein Program, QuestBridge, Penny Pilgram Leadership Initiative, and Mi Gente. As a first-generation student of Latino immigrants, Rebekah has become passionate about studying cross cultural and educational experiences. During Spring Break 2019, Rebekah spent a week at DKU documenting the first-year experience and hopes to continue exploring culture and education through KSAC.




Sophia Li is a rising sophomore at Duke majoring in Economics and Computer Science. Having lived and attended school in both Shanghai, China, and New Jersey, she is passionate about the intersection of Chinese and western styles of education in a global context. In Spring 2019, she spent a week at DKU documenting the experiences of the inaugural class. She believes that the global educational experiences at DKU are an asset to the Duke community at large, and hopes to continue promoting cross-cultural communication between the two. At Duke, Sophia also serves as Social Chair for Duke Chinese Dance, and is a member of Scale & Coin and BOW business societies.