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MEDIA ADVISORY: Peace Corps Acting Director to Visit the University of Miami, Honor President Shalala for 50 Years of Service in Celebration of Peace Corps Week

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 21, 2014 – In honor of Peace Corps Week, Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit the University of Miami on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to talk with students and faculty about the inspiring work of Peace Corps volunteers and recognize University of Miami President Donna Shalala for 50 years of outstanding service as a returned Peace Corps volunteer. 

Since she completed her service in Iran in 1964, Shalala has been an active supporter of the Peace Corps, participating in campus recruitment events and speaking with students about her Peace Corps experience. Tuesday’s event will feature four currently serving volunteers via video chat, including University of Miami alumnus Andre Heard, who says Shalala inspired him to apply to the Peace Corps.

Hessler-Radelet’s visit to the University of Miami is one of several Peace Corps Week recruitment events, service projects and networking activities taking place across the country from Sunday, Feb. 23-Saturday, March 1. Peace Corps Week celebrates President John F. Kennedy’s establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961 and aims to raise awareness of the impact the Peace Corps makes both at home and abroad.

Peace Corps volunteers work toward sustainable change in the farthest corners of the world where they gain hands-on experience and develop the skills employers are looking for now more than ever. College graduates who serve with the Peace Corps return home with a global perspective and cross-cultural, leadership and language skills that strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.

The University of Miami is a long-time supporter of the Peace Corps with 13 alumni currently in service and 396 alumni who have served since the agency’s founding. During her tenure as University President and throughout her distinguished career in public service and academia, Shalala has promoted Peace Corps’ mission and helped to recruit the next generation of volunteers. 

WHAT:         
University of Miami Peace Corps Week Event

WHO:            
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, University of Miami President Donna Shalala and currently serving volunteers from Miami

WHEN:         
7:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

WHERE:      
University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center (2nd floor), 5225 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

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

To get involved in Peace Corps Week, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/resources/returned/thirdgoal/pcweek/.

Students and community members interested in learning more about the Peace Corps can contact South Florida recruiter Steve Hunsicker at shunsicker@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.

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