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Peace Corps Director Visits HWS

Acting Director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet will be on campus to challenge students to consider applying to the Peace Corps as part of a Peace Corps Information Session at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. Hessler-Radelet’s visit and the session are part of the Colleges’ ongoing commitment to community service and volunteerism.

“Building on the momentum of our convocation speaker and challenge of ‘ask what you can do,’ we’re thrilled to host Acting Director Hessler-Radelet, who will challenge the senior class to consider applying to the Peace Corps,” says the Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers. “Recognizing that the call to international service is a unique and challenging opportunity, we welcome students, returned Peace Corps alumns, and community members to attend this forum.”

Colleges President Mark D. Gearan, who served as Peace Corps Director from 1995-99, will introduce Hessler-Radelet at the forum, which will also include a panel of distinguished faculty and local residents who have served in the Peace Corps, including Christopher Annear, assistant professor of Anthropology and Sociology (Zambia, 1997-1999); Nicholas Hoagland ’07, currently of the University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business Administration (Guinea, 2007-2009); Dove Russo, a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Cape Verde (2008-2010) and Dr. Meredith L. Waheed of Lifetime Medical Associates in Seneca Falls, a returned Peace Corps volunteer, Afghanistan, 1978-1979.

Hessler-Radelet has a long-standing history with the Peace Corps. Four generations of her family were active in the organization. She and her husband Steve Radelet were Peace Corps volunteers in Western Samoa from 1981-83. She taught high school and helped design a national public awareness campaign on disaster preparedness. Upon completing service abroad, she served as public affairs specialist in the Peace Corps/New England Recruiting Office for two years. She most recently served as deputy director of the Peace Corps, a post she has held since June 2010. Previously, Hessler-Radelet was vice president and director of the Washington, D.C., office of John Snow, Inc., a global public health organization. There she was responsible for overseeing the management of public health programs in more than 85 countries.

She received a bachelor of arts from Boston University and a master’s in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Students from all other class years are welcome to meet with Hessler-Radelet in the Career Services Library, on Monday, Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m.