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Peace Corps Acting Director to Meet with Students and Faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder

Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will also participate in the Conference on World Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr. 4, 2014 – Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will visit the University of Colorado Boulder on Tuesday, April 8 to discuss the value of Peace Corps service and share the inspiring work of volunteers with students and faculty.

The evening event will include special presentations by members of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado on how their service made a difference in their lives and the lives of those in the communities they served.

While in Boulder, Hessler-Radelet will also participate in the Conference on World Affairs as a panelist for sessions Monday-Wednesday on Gender Equality: Women Leaning In; Humanitarianism: Handouts and Bootstraps; One Person in the Right Place Can Change the World; and Stories to Inspire Change.

The University of Colorado Boulder has a long history as one of Peace Corps’ top-volunteer producing universities. This year, the University ranks No. 8 in the nation for Peace Corps volunteers with 63 alumni currently in service, and No. 5 all-time with 2,385 alumni who have served since the agency’s founding in 1961.

College graduates who have served with the Peace Corps gain hands-on experience and return home with cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills that help strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.

WHAT:         
Peace Corps event with students and faculty

WHO:            
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Shviraga (Fiji, 2012-2014)
President of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado Sherry Manning

WHEN:         
6:30 p.m. MT, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

WHERE:      
University of Colorado Boulder, University Memorial Center, Multipurpose Room 235 at 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder, CO

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

Students and community members interested in learning more about the Peace Corps can contact Colorado recruiter Lacey Byrne at lbyrne@peacecorps.gov.  

Learn more about Hessler-Radelet’s participation in the Conference on World Affairs here.

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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