Musician will.i.am Supports the 100,000 Strong Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Grammy Award-winning musician and producer will.i.am, of The Black Eyed Peas, to discuss his support for the 100,000 Strong Initiative at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2011. [State Department photo]

About the Author: Gillea Benitez serves as an intern in the Burea of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

July ended on a high note at the Department of State, where Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met hip-hop musician will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. During their meeting, Secretary Clinton highlighted the importance of educational and cultural ties between the United States and China, in particular, furthering the goals of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative to increase dramatically the number, and diversify the composition, of American students studying in China. 

As a summer intern working on the 100,000 Strong Initiative, I helped coordinate the Secretary’s meeting with will.i.am, as well as a video interview with will.i.am before an audience of nearly 100 at the State Department. In late June, the 100,000 Strong team first learned that will.i.am had… more »

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