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To achieve Peace Corps’ mission and three goals, staff and Volunteers apply the lenses of intercultural competence, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (ICDEIA) across their work and service.

Promoting a practice and culture of ICDEIA abroad

Peace Corps is invited into countries to work alongside communities to achieve the community’s stated goals. As invited guests, Peace Corps staff and Volunteers are often a bridge to mutually understanding differences, including social identities and their relationship to culture and history across contexts. Together, these actions serve as the building blocks to our mission of promoting world peace and friendship. In support of achieving Peace Corps’ mission and three goals, staff and Volunteers apply the lenses of intercultural competence, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (ICDEIA) across their work and service.

At the Peace Corps, we are deeply committed to fostering a deliberate practice and culture of ICDEIA until it is inseparable from our way of connecting, doing, and being.

Our ICDEIA work is not a siloed initiative or a process with an end—our entire mission depends on people who bring their individual culture, identity, and life experience together in the spirit of world peace and friendship.

The Peace Corps is focused on integrating intercultural competence, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into all aspects of the organization—among Volunteers, staff, and in the communities where we serve. Through integrating ICDEIA into all aspects of our work we strive to:

  1. Achieve a Volunteer corps and workforce that reflects the diversity of the United States as well as the diversity within Peace Corps countries of service
  2. Enhance staff and Volunteer capacity to work more effectively and appropriately across differences with intention, humility, and respect
  3. Create fair, transparent, and equitable systems

Defining diversity and inclusion

“Diversity” is another term for difference and describes the characteristics and attributes that make each one of us unique.

It has many dimensions, including but not limited to race, gender, physical ability, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, educational access, and age. More broadly, diversity includes geographic location, work experience, family status, socioeconomic class, and diversity of thought.

“Inclusion” refers to building a culture where all feel valued and a sense of belonging. Inclusive organizational cultures equitably connect each individual to the organization, encourage collaboration, flexibility, and fairness, and support diversity in its various forms throughout the organization.

Diverse and inclusive teams are stronger, smarter, and more efficient because they empower every individual to participate and contribute to their full potential.

ICDEIA for Volunteers

The Peace Corps seeks to reflect the rich diversity of the United States in our work alongside global counterparts and communities. That means making sure our Volunteers can connect across differences they may encounter. It also means preparing Volunteers to live in communities where people may have different understandings or beliefs related to aspects of the Volunteer’s identity.

ICDEIA in organizational culture

We seek to foster an inclusive, equitable, and accessible organizational culture—one that ensures diversity of thought, experience, and personal background as we partner with and serve host country communities around the world.

To support this vision, the Peace Corps trains staff to prioritize and advance ICDEIA through our work, service, and various learning opportunities.

ICDEIA goals, plans, and reports

At the Peace Corps, we’re committed to prioritizing ICDEIA throughout our systems and support structures. We continually strive to foster more equitable, inclusive, and accessible organizational cultures where Volunteers, staff, and host country partners can contribute to their full potential.

The strategic plan for fiscal years 2022-2026
A cornerstone of the agency’s four-year strategic plan is advancing equity. Advancing equity is both a standalone strategic objective and included in the Peace Corps’ two other objectives to ensure it is fully incorporated into agency work.

Participatory Analysis for Community Action

Our Participatory Analysis for Community Action (PACA) builds trust; illuminates key insights that lead to project ideas (or improve upon existing projects); promotes inclusive participation; and leads to lasting, community-led impact.

Share your feedback

To leave feedback on Peace Corps ICDEIA efforts, email our Office of Intercultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at [email protected]. Please note your relationship to the Peace Corps and (optionally) your demographic information.