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Bulelani Jili

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Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Durban South Africa

Bulelani Jili is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where he studied philosophy, history, government, and economics. He was a Pfeiffer Scholar, receiving a full scholarship awarded to one student based on academic excellence and leadership achievement. While at Wesleyan, he conducted research on post-apartheid education reform, democratic theory, political action, and political sociology. His honors thesis was particularly concerned with examining the structural features in democracy and American history that perpetuate inequality; moreover, it aimed at demonstrating the need for a civically inclined citizenry. Bulelani is also the founder of Middletown Potluck, an organization that was created in order to provide a platform for community members to break bread, converse, and establish partnerships to pursue social justice in the wider Middletown community. The Yenching Academy is an opportunity to help him serve South Africa and the world better. The opportunity to be in China with the Yenching Academy will greatly add to his understanding of politics and its ills, and essentially add to his ability to craft concrete public policy solutions, especially for a geopolitical landscape that is shifting towards China. He hopes to continue to apply his social science acumen to assess issues pertaining to governance and educational policies in China and South Africa.

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bjili@wesleyan.edu



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Current Position(s)

Director Of Public Relations at Yenching Academy | Yenching Academy
Beijing, China | November 2016 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Director of Public Relations

Coordinated with the Yenching Academy PR office to design and improve YSIF’s PR strategy as well as implementing the strategy, such as designing or helping the YCA PR office to design videos, posters, and flyers to be shared physically and electronically.
Contacted and developed cooperation with influential media partners and other related organizations to help promote YSIF.
Attended meetings with other portfolio directors of the YSIF Executive Committee, brainstorming and strategized for the event.
Assembled and managed a “PR Team" for interviewing, photo shooting, social media updating, news releasing, and all PR-related work before and during the competition.


Director Of Public Relations | Yenching Social Innovation Forum
2016 - present

•Coordinated with the Yenching Academy PR office to design and improve YSIF’s PR strategy as well as implementing the strategy, such as designing or helping the YCA PR office to design videos, posters, and flyers to be shared physically and electronically.
•Contacted and developed cooperation with influential media partners and other related organizations to help promote YSIF.
•Attended meetings with other portfolio directors of the YSIF Executive Committee, brainstorming and strategized for the event.
•Assembled and managed a “PR Team" for interviewing, photo shooting, social media updating, news releasing, and all PR-related work before and during the competition.


Educational history

Secondary

Glenwood Boys' High School, Durban, South Africa (2011)

Tertiary

Cambridge University

Cambridge, United Kingdom | 2017 - present

Master of Arts in African Studies - Politics

Peking University

Beijing, China | July 2016 - January 2018

Master of Arts - Chinese Law and Society

Wesleyan University

Middletown, United States of America | September 2012 - May 2016

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and History

Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Major: College of Social Studies, a selective, rigorous, and multidisciplinary major focusing on History, Government, Political and Social Theory, and Economics.

Achievements

Awards

Standard Bank Derek Cooper Award | 2017

Awarded to outstanding African students pursuing an Mphil program who wish to enhance and contribute to the future growth of their countries

Yenching Scholarship | 2016

Yenching Scholarship: is an elite interdisciplinary graduate leadership program at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, China. The highly selective program provides full scholarship to study towards a master’s degree. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who exemplify leadership and academic excellence.

Bridge Builder Award | 2012

Bridge Builder Award: Awarded to Middletown Potluck (my organization) for excellent work done in strengthening the community.

EducationUSA opportunity program funding | 2010

4000 dollars grant is awarded to highly qualified students of very limited financial means with the cost of applying and getting to U.S. universities.

Shortlist and nomination

Butterfield Prize | 2016

This prize is awarded to the graduating senior who has exemplified character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the Wesleyan community.

Senior Legacy Award | 2016

The Senior Legacy Award is presented to a graduating senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout their entire career at Wesleyan University

Wesleyan Memorial Prize | 2015

Awarded to a member of the Junior Class outstanding in qualities of character, leadership, and scholarship.

media exposure

Grooming Leaders-- ChinAfrica | 2016

A Beijing Review article written about my reasons for joining the Yenching Academy; furthermore, my thoughts on the importance of a broad education.

Academic Achievements

Yenching Scholarship | 2016

An elite interdisciplinary graduate leadership program at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, China. The highly selective program provides full scholarship to study towards a master’s degree. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who exemplify leadership and academic excellence.

Center for the Humanities Fellow | 2015

The fellowship is offered to students whose Honors thesis research demonstrates a high level of intellectual rigor, creativity, and meets the centers set theme.

United States Achiever Program Scholar | 2011

Awarded to the nation’s best students based on academic, service, and leadership excellence

Pfeiffer Scholarship | 2012

Pfeiffer Scholarship 250 000 dollar scholarship granted to one student based on academic excellence and leadership achievement.

Activities

community

Committee on Inclusion and Diversity

Board Member , September 2014 - May 2015

CID aims to increase productive dialogue within the student body on issues of diversity and inclusion as well as to take action to cultivate a Wesleyan community that is more inclusive to all students regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and disability.

Participated in weekly meetings to discuss and analysis policy propels to improve inclusion and diversity.

Planned and organized two yearly forums on the salience of diversity, especially tailored for freshman students.

Helped build and adjust school policy on inclusivity, especially to the regards of gender by ensuring that all public spaces were made available to non-binary and differently abled students.

Yenching Social Innovation forum

Director of Public Relations , July 2016 - present

Coordinated with the Yenching Academy PR office to design and improve YSIF’s PR strategy as well as implementing the strategy, such as designing or helping the YCA PR office to design videos, posters, and flyers to be shared physically and electronically.

Contacted and developed cooperation with influential media partners and other related organizations to help promote YSIF.

Attended meetings with other portfolio directors of the YSIF Executive Committee, brainstorming and strategized for the event.

Assembled and managed a “PR Team" for interviewing, photo shooting, social media updating, news releasing, and all PR-related work before and during the competition.

Middletown Potluck

Co-Founder , February 2013 - May 2016

Middletown Potluck creates a positive and inclusive space for students and the community to meet, break bread, converse, and formalize partnerships in order to achieve social justice in the wider Middletown community.

Oversaw and managed the organizations funds, which were secured through Wesleyan funding, public sector collaboration, and fundraising campaigns. Specifically, dinners, parties, and mass media campaigns were staged to find and encourage donors to invest in the group, and more importantly the community.

Managed and advised members to guarantee that all their tasks were completed efficiently and on time.

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