Fifty-three fellows from communities across the U.S. were selected to participate in the 2022-2023 National Leaders of Color Fellowship cohort to build on the legacy of creating an intersectional, intergenerational, and multiracial movement on behalf of cultural equity across the field. During this no-cost eight-month fellowship, fellows receive access to specialists in the field, strategic learning objectives to deepen thought on anti-racist and culturally-oriented leadership practices, and national-level network and cohort building.
Mi Shen (she/her), is a resident of Ohio and the senior professional working for a Fortune 100 company. She came to the United States from China to pursue higher education and received an MBA degree in the 90’s. As an active community player, Mi’s passion is to create the eye-opening cultural opportunities for people to experience Chinese culture traditions through the performing arts and education. In her volunteer-based leadership role, she has not only collaborated with the Chinese artists to explore the geographical boundaries through fusion music, and executed these programs in the public events for over a decade, but she also partnered with the local middle school in Cincinnati to initiate the annual program – “Connecting kids to the world”, started in 2012 and highly received by over thousand students of 6th grade in 8 consecutive years. Since the COVID-19 difficult times, the mission of the Alliance of Chinese Culture & Arts USA, led by Mi has extended to commit to bringing Asian communities together with the hopes of building a more inclusive and prosperous community through the power of arts. Mi believes that adhering to the cross-regional and cross-cultural cooperation can help us to break down barriers and build a sense of trust between people through the power of arts. This is the mission entrusted to us by this great era.