Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 3 pm, International Campaign for Tibet and the Office of Tibet hosted a Reception and a discussion on “The State of Religious Freedom” with Dr. Tenzin Dorjee at International Campaign for Tibet building. Dr. Tenzin Dorjee was recently appointed as a Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent and bipartisan commission created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) that monitors the right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. Dr. Dorjee is the first Tibetan American to be appointed to such a position and comes with a wealth of experience as a scholar on Tibetan Buddhism as well as intercultural communication.
During the Reception Mr. Penpa Tsering, the Representative of Office of Tibet and Matteo Mecacci, the President of ICT greeted Dr. Tenzin Dorjee with over hundred of invitees who congratulated him. Dr. Tenzin Dorjee said, he is humbled and honored being appointed at such an important post but he respect the appointment as recognition to the religious freedom, rather than his individual importance. He points out that there are much to work on religious freedom, especially in China and Tibet.
Dr. Tenzin Dorjee (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara UCSB) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are in intergroup, intercultural, intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building and conflict resolution. At CSUF campus, he has received several faculty recognition awards for outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and community service.