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December 20, 2021

An Inclusive State Department Is a National Security Imperative

Our public service institutions, whether it’s Peace Corps or the Department of State, must do better. And your work is how we change that.   Photo by Freddie Everett / State Department   By Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State   I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Oman nearly four decades ago, and Peace Corps is where I met my husband. Like many of you, Peace Corps changed the trajectory of my life. For me and many colleagues at the Department of State, Peace Corps also launched my career in diplomacy. When I...

December 20, 2021

Mirror the Face of Our Nation: Strategies for Increasing African American Inclusion in the Peace Corps and International Careers

The past: The program you may not know about that inspired JFK. The future: How we change what America looks like abroad. Photo: Rep. Karen Bass, who delivered welcoming remarks for the event, part of the Ronald H. Brown Series, on September 14, 2021.   On September 14, 2021, the Constituency for Africa hosted, and National Peace Corps Association sponsored, a series of conversations on “Strategies for Increasing African American Inclusion in the Peace Corps and International Careers.” Part of the annual Ronald H. Brown Series, the event brought together leaders in government, policy, and education, as well as some key...

February 11, 2021

Now Is the Time for Historic Changes. That Includes at Peace Corps.

With our allies in Congress, we’re working to ensure that the administration understands this is no time to return to the status quo. We need diverse and experienced leadership at Peace Corps — and a commitment to reimagine, reshape, and retool for a changed world.   By Glenn Blumhorst Many of us in the Peace Corps community took note of the pledge in President Biden’s inaugural address to “engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. And, we’ll lead, not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of...

February 4, 2021

A Call for Proposals: Work with National Peace Corps Association on Training for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Work with NPCA on this crucial issue — and have an impact on the wider Peace Corps community.   In our work to lead a vibrant Peace Corps community, National Peace Corps Association is looking for a partner with expertise in providing training on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our society needs to tackle systemic racism as it has shaped institutions and communities — including the Peace Corps community. And addressing systemic racism begins with us. Here is a request for proposals to work with NPCA in this crucial area — and, through the work we do with the broader Peace Corps community, make...