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MEDIA ADVISORY: Peace Corps to Host Discussion with International Service Leaders to Mark National African American History Month

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 18, 2014 – On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Peace Corps will host a panel discussion with African American leaders in the international service community in honor of African American History Month. Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will join panelists Ambassador Ruth Davis, former Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service; Ambassador Edward Perkins, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; and the Honorable Lauri Fitz-Pegado, former Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service. Returned Peace Corps volunteer and founder of Shea Yeleen International Inc. Rahama Wright will moderate the discussion.

The event, “Service Beyond Borders: African Americans in Foreign Affairs,” will honor the legacy of African Americans in foreign affairs and encourage future generations to engage the global community through service. Hosted by Peace Corps’ Office of Diversity and National Outreach and Sankofa, Peace Corps’ African-American employee resource group, the discussion reinforces the agency’s commitment to reflecting the diversity of America in its volunteers abroad to best share our nation’s greatest resource – our people – with communities around the world.

A diverse and inclusive environment is essential to achieving the Peace Corps mission. The Peace Corps was recognized as the No. 1 small agency in Support for Diversity for the second year in a row in the Partnership for Public Service’s 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. The ranking reflects employees’ belief that actions and policies of leadership and management promote and respect diversity.

WHAT:      African American History Month event “Service Beyond Borders: African
                         Americans in Foreign Affairs”  

WHO:         Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
                    Former Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service Ambassador
                         Ruth 
Davis
                    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador
                         Edward Perkins

                    Former Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. Foreign
                         and Commercial Service The Honorable Lauri Fitz-Pegado
 
                    Returned Peace Corps volunteer and founder of Shea Yeleen
                         International Inc. Rahama Wright

WHEN:        4:00-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

WHERE:      Peace Corps Headquarters – Shriver Hall, 1111 20th Street NW, 
                         Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Media interested in attending this event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

About the Peace Corps: As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.RSVP: Media interested in attending this event should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

 

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