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Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet to Visit the University of Michigan

Hessler-Radelet to speak at the Ford School of Public Policy and announce new graduate partnership programs

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit the University of Michigan Wednesday, March 26 to deliver remarks at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy as part of the school’s Policy Talks series. Hessler-Radelet will discuss how the Peace Corps – launched on the steps of the Michigan Union in 1960 – is bridging its founding ideals with innovative solutions to the 21st century’s most pressing challenges.

Prior to the Ford School event, Hessler-Radelet will be joined by Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education James Paul Holloway and Dean of the School of Information Jeffrey MacKie-Mason to announce two new partnerships that will offer more students the opportunity to combine graduate degree programs with Peace Corps service.

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to the University of Michigan when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Today, the Peace Corps is not just a chance to make a difference, but also a training ground and launching pad for a 21st century career. Peace Corps volunteers work toward sustainable change in the farthest corners of the world and return home with cross-cultural, leadership and language skills that strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.



Signing of new Peace Corps graduate partnership programs


Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education James Paul Holloway
School of Information Dean Jeffrey MacKie-Mason


2:15 p.m. ET


University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, Towsley Reading Room, Weill Hall 3rd floor, 735 S. State St.


Ford School Policy Talk: Peace Corps in the 21st Century


Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Dean of the Ford School of Public Policy Susan M. Collins


4:00 p.m. ET


University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall, 735 S. State St.

To view a live webstream of the Ford School Policy Talk, visit www.fordschool.umich.edu.

RSVP: Media interested in attending these events should RSVP to pressoffice@peacecorps.gov.

The University of Michigan has been a long-time supporter of the Peace Corps, consistently ranking among the top colleges and universities in the country for Peace Corps recruits. In 2014, the University ranked No. 5 in the nation for Peace Corps volunteers and No. 4 all-time with 2,556 alums who have served since 1961.

While in Ann Arbor, Hessler-Radelet will also meet with graduate school faculty and students, returned Peace Corps volunteers, and Peace Corps applicants and invitees.

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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