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Xiaoge Zhang

Xioge Zhang

Xiaoge Zhang completed a dual degree in Bachelor of Law in International Politics from Huazhong Normal University, and Bachelor of Economics in Economics from Wuhan University, both in Wuhan, China. While an undergraduate, she founded the first long-term tutoring program for Chinese migrant workers’ children, whose education suffered as their families moved from city to city in search of work. This direct interaction with vulnerable children motivated her current study of poverty, welfare, and health policy as a Social Policy master student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Xiaoge’s strong interests in child welfare policy led her to work with the Child Welfare and Mental Health division at CDF to defend cuts to child welfare system and key supports to low-income families. Her projects include analyzing federal legislation on licensing foster family homes and childcare facilities, drafting policy briefs and fact sheets on protecting foster children, building congressional and constituent support for Social Security’s benefits for grandfamilies through GrandRally. Throughout the internship Xiaoge hopes to gain a broader understanding of policy-making process and child advocacy.