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Rep. Garamendi & Peace Corps Panel on Multiculturalism

University of Maryland - College Park




7:00 pm - 8:45 p.m.


School of Architecture Auditorium (Room 0204)
College Park, MD

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Preparing for Multiculturalism and the Global Community: The Peace Corps Experience

Keynote Speaker: Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) 

                Multiculturalism and the global community have increasingly become part of the discourse within higher education as it strives to prepare students for an interdependent world of diverse societies.  In this session, Preparing for Multiculturalism and the Global Community, returned Peace Corps volunteers will share their experiences and how Peace Corps helped them become more culturally aware. For more than 50 years, the Peace Corps has trained more than 210,000 volunteers to work at the grassroots level in 140 countries. Peace Corps training methods are often used as a model for educators, who strive to increase students awareness of multiculturalism.  Peace Corps volunteers return to the United States as global citizens with language, cross-cultural and technical skills that help them become leaders in todays global society.

                We are delighted to welcome Peace Corps Associate Director for the Office of  Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Helen A. Lowman, who will introduce our honored keynote speaker, Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3).  Congressman Garamendi joined the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009, bringing nearly 40 years of public service, including Californias 46th Lieutenant Governor, Regent of the University of California, Trustee for the California State University System, and Chair of the California State Lands Commission. Congressman Garamendi is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, who served with his wife Patti in Ethiopia, where he worked in community development. Based on his experiences, Congressman Garamendi will speak about Peace Corps model of training and preparation.  His remarks will be followed by a panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers who will share their own personal stories, focusing on lessons learned from working in community overseas and how that experience translated into working in an increasingly global society.  

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Alex Chen (301-405-6798 or achen@umd.edu)

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Last updated Jan 30 2014

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