World Deaf Leadership
Name: Jiayi Zhou
Field of Study: International Development for Persons with Disabilities
My name is Jiayi Zhou, and I am from Shanghai, China. I received the World Deaf Leadership (WDL) scholarship award in 2007 and began my undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Gallaudet University. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in May 2009. Thanks to the Nippon Foundation, I then became a graduate student at Gallaudet in the International Development for Persons with Disabilities program. My dreams are to obtain a position in the field of Art with a specific interest in the training, service, and development of Deaf people and society.
My WDL goal is to establish a place in Shanghai, China to obtain accurate information, training, and services about; (a) deaf leadership (b) deaf education (c) Chinese Sign Language (d) entrepreneurship (e) employment (f) communication and (g) advocacy. This place will be called the Dragon Deaf Leadership Training and Service Center.
In order to achieve my WDL goal: (1) to initiate data gathering and focus group (2) network and partnership development (3) leadership training, community development, and advocacy workshops (4) internship with non-profit organization in Shanghai, China, (5) identify organizations, agencies, schools, and universities for partnerships to promote Chinese Sign Language, interpreter training, and provide leadership opportunities/participation by deaf people (6) recruit and train the trainers, (7) establish the first Shanghai Deaf Leadership Conference for deaf leaders from all over China and (8) develop sister schools between U.S. and China deaf schools to promote exchanges.