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Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams Shares Life-Changing Experiences with Hunter Students

The following excerpt comes from the Hunter College Office of Communications in New York, New York and was originally published on May 2, 2012.

“Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams joined President Jennifer J. Raab in a discussion on Peace Corps service with Hunter students on Thursday, April 26.

‘For any student interested in making a difference overseas and changing a community at the grassroots level, Peace Corps service can open doors you never imagined,’ said Williams. Furthermore, he said, ‘Students return from service as global citizens, equipped with tangible work and language skills that will serve them well in any career.’

Hunter has seven undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Ecuador, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Sierra Leone and Ukraine. Williams cited the outstanding work of two Hunter alumni: Michael Kim, who helped organize local spelling bees in Armenia and Liam Flaherty, who started a project to teach basic computer skills in Sierra Leone.

‘I know this audience understands the impulse to serve,’ Williams told the students who were attending a forum hosted by Career Development Services and the Roosevelt Public Policy Institute. ‘Roosevelt House is a testament to your dedication to encouraging civic engagement.’

Three-hundred fifty-five Hunter alumni have served with the Peace Corps since its founding in 1961.”

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