2019 Coordinators Conference

September 9-10, 2019

This two-day event brings university partners together to help advance their Peace Corps Prep and Coverdell Fellows programs.

The conference will feature peer-to-peer best practice sharing and innovative recommendations to help university partner’s advance their Peace Corps Prep and Coverdell Fellows programs. There will be updates from the Peace Corps Office of University Programs, opportunities to engage with additional agency personnel, and networking opportunities.

Registration for the 2019 Coordinators Conference is now closed.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

No conference agenda. Those who registered for accommodation at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel through Peace Corps can check in after 4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 9, 2019

7:45 – 8:30 Registration/Check-in
8:30 – 8:50 Welcome and Introductions from University Programs
8:50 – 9:00 Conference Overview and Logistics
9:00 – 10:00 Coordinator Introductions and Ice Breaker
10:00 – 10:30 Updates from the Office of University Programs
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and Networking Break
11:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions:

Peace Corps Prep
Peace Corps Placement: What Makes a Strong Candidate?

Coverdell Fellows
Office of Third Goal and Description of Service
12:00 – 12:05 Transition
12:05 – 1:15 Lunch and Keynote Address
1:15 – 1:20 Transition
1:20 – 2:50 Concurrent Sessions:

Peace Corps Prep
Prepping for Peace Corps: Outreach to Underrepresented Student Communities

Coverdell Fellows
Empowering Local Communities
2:50 – 3:05 Coffee Break
3:05 – 3:10 Transition
3:10 – 4:10 Poster Sessions - Best Practices for Various Types of Institutions
4:10 – 4:15 Transition
4:15 – 4:45 Parking Lot Q & A
5:30 – 7:00 Fellows Fair (Participating Coverdell Fellows programs only)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

9:00 – 10:00 Peace Corps University Programs Branding Guidelines
10:00 – 10:15 Peace Corps Response
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions:

Peace Corps Prep
PCV and RPCV Panel: Best Practices for Engaging Students

Coverdell Fellows
RPCV Panel: Bringing Peace Corps Service Back to the United States
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch and Networking
12:45 – 12:50 Transition
12:50 – 1:40 Concurrent Sessions:

Peace Corps Prep
Setting Goals, Retention, and Tracking of PC Prep Students

Coverdell Fellows
Turning Our Takeaways Into Action!
1:40 – 1:45 Transition
1:45 – 2:00 Parking Lot Q&A and Goodbyes

Plan to arrive to Washington, DC on Sunday, September 8. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, September 9. Sessions will conclude at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10. Please plan accordingly for return travel. It is recommended not to book any flights from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) before 4:30 p.m. and any flights from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) before 5:30 p.m.

Fellows Fair

Attention Coverdell Fellows coordinators!

On the evening of September 9, Peace Corps will host a Fellows Fair at Peace Corps Headquarters in DC, giving you the opportunity to market your program to prospective students.

Please note that participation in the Fellows Fair allows for one shared table per university. This opportunity is only available to Coverdell Fellows programs. Space is limited.

Peace Corps will advertise the fair to DC-area RPCVs, as well as the attendees of an RPCV Career Conference happening at the same time. If you have any questions about the fair, email [email protected].


Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008-2000

Transportations options to and from the hotel include:

  • Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (click WMATA): Rail and bus options for traveling in and around DC
  • Taxi
  • App-based transportation services

See Lodging for details on hotel costs covered by Peace Corps.

If you need to arrive prior to Sunday, September 8, or depart after Tuesday, September 10, please check with the hotel about availability upon receipt of a hotel confirmation number, and do not book travel until you have a confirmed reservation.

Peace Corps will provide complimentary snacks and lunch on both days of the conference. You will be responsible for breakfast, dinner, and other meals.


Funding is first-come, first-served and priority will be given until March 29, 2019 to those individuals who have not previously attended. While funding is available, Peace Corps will cover two hotel nights (check in is scheduled for Sunday, September 8 and check out is Tuesday, September 10, 2019) for one coordinator per memorandum partnership per institution. Coordinators in the DC area are encouraged to register for the conference only.

  • If your institution has just one memorandum partnership with Peace Corps — either Peace Corps Prep or Coverdell Fellows — Peace Corps will only cover lodging and registration for one representative.
  • If your institution has both Peace Corps Prep and Coverdell Fellows partnerships, Peace Corps will cover lodging and registration for one Peace Corps Prep coordinator and one Coverdell Fellows coordinator.
  • If your institution has multiple Coverdell Fellows programs on campus, please decide who will attend on behalf of your Coverdell Fellows programs prior to registering.

Peace Corps will not cover or assist with additional costs associated with attending the conference, such as transportation to and from the conference, local transportation, additional meals, additional hotel nights, and/or other monetary requests.

Reasonable accommodations

The Peace Corps is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations in its programs, activities, Volunteer service, and employment to individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please contact [email protected]


Please direct questions to your regional Office of University Programs Program Specialist. In the event that your Program Specialist is unavailable, you may send your questions to [email protected].