Photo taken at the June 2017 – Association for Conflict Resolution – Environmental and Public Policy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT
Xiayuanchen (Jackie) Jin, intern for Triangle Associates in conjunction with the University of Washington’s Evan’s School, helped with organizing this event.
Xiayuanchen, who also goes by Jackie, was 17 years old when she made the decision to enroll as an international student at the University of California, Irvine. At the time, she was living with her family in Luoyang, China. Jackie described how her family didn’t want her to enroll in college in the United States, urging her to finish her studies in China. True to her self-determined nature, which shines when Jackie speaks, she enrolled anyhow and arrived in the States for the first time, by herself, carrying a suitcase. She hailed a cab and arrived at her host family’s home.
At UC Irvine, Jackie initially studied psychology, but soon changed her major to international studies, with a focus on Asian and North American studies. Jackie talked about how, culturally we are all very different, but stereotyping can divide us, “We are all humans, on this earth, and I’ve learned not to judge anyone based on their appearance or anything else.”
After UC Irvine, she applied to the UW Evan’s School for a MA in Public Administration. Jackie decided to search for an internship in order to practice professional skills in environmental policy and communications outreach. She found one, at Triangle Associates, for the ACR – EPP Conference to be held in Salt Lake City in June 2017. Betsy Daniels, Co-Owner of Triangle Associates, currently works with the UW Evan’s School to provide leadership and direction to Jackie’s position, which entails a host of tasks including: organization, creating sponsor lists and name tags, communications and outreach concerning scholarships, research, and conference set-up and prep work.
In the future, Jackie is looking forward to graduation in the summer of 2018. After graduation, she plans to move back to Los Angeles, where her host family lives, from her UC Irvine days. Her long-term goal is to work for international NGOs focusing on environmental policy and/or humanitarian issues.