The Peace Corps Responds to President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government

February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.– With President Biden’s recent signing of Executive Order (EO)13985, On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government, the Peace Corps recognizes the importance of advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities in the United States and around the world.

We believe that addressing systemic racism and injustice in all of its forms is inextricably tied to our mission. We hold that there is no world peace or friendship without justice and equity and we stand against the marginalization of any people. Black lives matter.

We affirm our commitment to peace, intercultural competence and taking measure of our own structures, programs and policies to ensure we promote equity and justice. We are actively working to ensure that our workplace, our volunteer systems and our culture reflect these values. We will continue to engage as an Agency the difficult yet essential work of addressing systemic barriers as we strive to live up to our mission of world peace and friendship.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans of all ages have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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