Event Details

We’re convening an ideas summit July 18 to ask some crucial questions about the Peace Corps community in a changed world. And as we lead up to that event, from July 8–16 we’re bringing together members of the Peace Corps community for a series of town hall discussions around issues of systemic racism, climate change, and more — to help shape our agenda for the future and ask: What are the big ideas for the Peace Corps going forward?

Volunteers worldwide were evacuated because of a global pandemic still taking its toll. That created an unprecedented and enormous challenge on its own. Protests against racial injustice have raised big questions about what we stand for as a country and a community. We say Peace Corps represents what’s best about America. So in a time of crisis, we have a responsibility to lead.

We also want to help reignite the work of Peace Corps around the world. So how do we do that, and make sure that Peace Corps — and our community — is the best that it can be? We want to hear from you during in-depth discussions at our town halls. We’ll also hear from past and present Peace Corps leadership at our summit — and, tackling some tough questions, stake out next steps for our community.

The summit and the town halls are all free of charge and are virtual events. Register to receive a link.

Now is a time of reckoning for our country — as well as the Peace Corps community here at home, and around the world.

3 p.m. l  Welcome by NPCA President & CEO Glenn Blumhorst

  • Keynotes & Fireside Chats
    • Peace Corps Leadership
    • Host Country Perspectives on Peace Corps
    • Racial Justice and the Peace Corps

4 p.m. l  RPCV Community Town Hall Presentations

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Supporting RPCVs During Readjustment at Home
  • Peace Corps Funding and Capitol Hill Mobilization
  • Ensuring the Health, Safety, and Security of PCVs
  • Recruiting the Next Generation of PCVs / PC as National Service
  • Recalibrating Peace Corps’ Programs for the Future
  • Reexamining the Peace Corps’ 2nd and 3rd Goals
  • Communications — Internal and External

5 p.m. l  Full Community Conversation

6 p.m. l  Closing and Next Steps for the Peace Corps Connect to the Future Process

  • What ideas and recommendations will we carry forward — for Peace Corps, for National Peace Corps Association, and our wider community?


The summit and the town halls are all free of charge and are virtual events. Register to receive a link.




The summit and the town halls are all free of charge and are virtual events. Register to receive a link.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 8  l  8–9:30 p.m. EDT
Peace Corps Policies for a Changed World

This forum will consider a variety of key policies that guide the Peace Corps experience, including health, safety and security, diversity, benefits and post-service support. We’ll discuss ways to ensure that Volunteers feel supported, especially when they raise concerns.



THURSDAY, JULY 9  l  8–9:30 p.m. EDT
Peace Corps Funding and Capitol Hill Mobilization

Conversations with long-standing leaders, RPCV leaders on Capitol Hill, and recently evacuated Volunteers. Then share your views, comments, and concerns. What about public-private partnerships and agency-to-agency collaboration?



SATURDAY, JULY 11  l  2–3:30 p.m. EDT
Recruiting the Next Generation of Volunteers / Peace Corps as National Service

Priority one is building a diverse pipeline of strong and committed applicants. So what is the central message the Peace Corps needs to convey to attract volunteers? Where and how does outreach need to happen? What will volunteers of the future look like (skills, experience, diversity, motivation)? What is the role of the RPCV community in recruitment?



SATURDAY, JULY 11  l  4–5:30 p.m. EDT
Communications — Internal and External

Where Peace Corps and NPCA are doing well — and where we and the agency alike can do better. How can Peace Corps and NPCA (including affiliate groups) consolidate and streamline communications to RPCVs? Perspectives, platforms, questions.



MONDAY, JULY 13  l  8–9:30 p.m. EDT
Supporting RPCVs During Readjustment at Home

What’s most helpful — and least helpful — in terms of the support Peace Corps and NPCA provide to Volunteers coming home? What else should be provided?



TUESDAY, JULY 14  l  8–9:30 p.m. EDT
Recalibrating Peace Corps’ Programs for the Future

What shifts should Peace Corps make to its technical programs in a changed world? Are programmatic changes needed to meet potential threats like another pandemic or global climate change? What new tools and technologies could be deployed?



WEDNESDAY, JULY 15  l  8–9:30 p.m. EDT
Reexamining the Second and Third Goals of the Peace Corps

Building relationships and bringing the world back home: It’s said these goals are what put the “Peace” into Peace Corps. After 60 years, how are we doing when it comes to promoting better understanding? Can these goals be reinterpreted to more explicitly focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion?



THURSDAY, JULY 16  l  8–9:30 p.m. EDT
Diversity & Inclusion

Addressing systemic racism in staffing, recruitment, and in the field. How has the Peace Corps handled racial injustice concerns? How does NPCA and the Peace Corps community ensure better equity and justice? How can we build a more diverse and inclusive community?





18 Jul 2020
3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT

Google Calendar