M.A. candidate in the Economics and Education program
Yanrong Selena Li is a master's student in the Economics and Education program and has been working as a part-time math teacher in an international school in China. She previously completed her undergraduate study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. She is particularly interested in K12 education and social equality. In college, she used to be a tutor for two years in Shenzhen and participated in internships in an education technology company, focusing on K12 online education, and in an education group. Dedicated to alleviating poverty and educational inequality, she and her father established a volunteer organization aiming to relieve poverty and support education efforts in a small town in Southwestern China. During her experiences in poor areas, she realized the huge gap in educational opportunity and resources, which mainly resulted from the economic situation. Therefore, she has sought opportunities to further study the field of economics and education; and, using economic tools, she believes they will equip her to better evaluate education programs to put forward meaningful policies or projects.
She also has a passionate interest in ethnic art. Growing up in Yunnan, a province characterized by over twenty-six minority groups, she has been inspired by the diversity of art and culture in her community. Under her uncle's influence, who devotes his life to cultural heritage protection, she has tried to promote traditional cultures by introducing project-based learning courses that have integrated cultures and arts.
Selena loves travelling, which enables her to explore new cities and to make friends around the world. Yoga and climbing are her favorite sports that give her a peace of mind.