USF World News
Peace Corps Deputy Director to Visit USF
October 28, 2011
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, an organization dedicated to promoting development, peace and friendship around the world. Established by President John F. Kennedy the Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 Americans overseas to help developing nations meet their need for trained volunteers.
To mark this significant anniversary, the University of South Florida is proud to welcome Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, on Thursday, Nov. 17 gathering with students and the community. Following the deputy director’s talk, a panel of returned Peace Corps volunteers will share their stories of service overseas.
Hessler-Radelet formerly served as a volunteer in Western Samoa and as public affairs specialist in the Peace Corps/New England Recruiting Office. She has vast experience in the field of public health, specializing in HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. Hessler-Radelet was sworn in as deputy director on June 23, 2010.
This event is part of USF’s International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. International Education Week is an annual opportunity for educational institutions to promote and emphasize the importance of a global curriculum and cross-cultural exchange.
USF has long been a supporter of the Peace Corps program; the first individual from USF to serve in the Peace Corps took oath in 1962 and served in Sierra Leone. Since then more than 347 USF alumni have served in countries around the globe. USF is ranked 5th in the state of Florida and 11th in the Southeast in university Peace Corps recruitment.
USF also has two Master’s International Peace Corps (MIPC) programs in Public Health and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The USF Master’s International Peace Corps Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on sustainability and humanitarian engineering. The USF Master’s International Peace Corps Program in Public Health focuses on projects in health, community development, and environment.