UCs Strong Peace Corps Focus
Trent Lobdell learned how to handle ants in his toothbrush and how to feel more comfortable with discomfort, including a case of diarrhea three times a week. Sara Ernst, on the other hand, discovered an allergy to mango skins and the importance of avoiding the latrine at night. Working in El Salvador, she never knew what dangerous creatures were already using the facility in the dark.
Such practical knowledge was not necessarily a requirement for the University of Cincinnati School Of Planning's Coverdell Fellow Program at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, but U.S. Peace Corps service was. And those lessons certainly indicate services rendered.
DAAP is the only college in four states (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee) to have two Peace Corps-related programs, says coordinator and associate professor Johanna Looye, who started the curricula in 2002 and '04. Developed in collaboration with the Peace Corps, both programs enable students to incorporate Peace Corps service with graduate degrees in community planning.
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