RPCV Graduate Research Conference to be part of Peace Corps Connect: Boston 2013
By Erica Burman on Monday, April 15th, 2013
Anyone who’s been around the Peace Corps community for awhile knows that planning events for our community can be a challenge… we’re so diverse. (And opinionated! But that’s another blog….)
We have members who served in the 1960s who are just as passionate about the Peace Corps as when they got on the plane to Colombia or Ghana in 1961. AND we have newly minted twenty-something Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who are just launching their post-Peace Corps lives and careers, often by returning to school for an advanced degree.
With that latter group in mind, the National Peace Corps Association has incorporated an RPCV Graduate Research Conference into the schedule of Peace Corps Connect: Boston 2013, June 28-29, 2013.
The RPCV Graduate Conference “pathway” is the brainchild of Peace Corps Fellow Tara Gill and Joby Taylor, NPCA board member and director of the Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program, a graduate level service-learning program located at The Shriver Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
“Research and graduate school can mean lots of solitary time reading, writing, thinking. Here’s a chance for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to break it open by presenting our ideas and work alongside other RPCVs,” says Joby. “Regardless of topic or discipline, we share a common goal of making our grad studies and research matter in the world!” Recently returned RPCVs often don’t have the funds to travel to a gathering like Peace Corps Connect. But as graduate students they can often secure financial support from their departments to present their research at conferences and network with their academic peers.
Intrigued? Here are some details for the RPCV Graduate Research Conference pathway:
Friday, June 28, 2013
- 1:00 – 2:00 pm Welcome and keynote on Engaged Scholarship
- 2:10 – 3:45 pm Research presentations (formal panels)
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm Research roundtables (informal workshopping)
- 6:00 – 10:00 pm Informal happy hour and dinner out (for those not going on the BARPCV boat cruise) organized by Boston-area Shriver Peace Worker Fellows)
Saturday, June 29, 2013
- Meet one of Peace Corps’ founders, Sen. Harris Wofford
- Meet global leaders like Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said of Kenya
- Hear from public radio journalist Marco Werman about bringing the world home through your career
- Choose from numerous workshop options offered by Peace Corps Connect: Boston
Full conference schedule, with links to bios here.
“I’m looking forward to Peace Corps Connect Boston — and especially to meeting RPCV grad students for our Research Conference sessions!”‘ says Joby. “I hope to meet you in Boston…and keep your eyes on the prize of that diploma!”
Maybe our Boston sessions can give you some helpful peer feedback on your research! Learn more about Peace Corps Connect: Boston 2013 and register today!