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Impact Your World: A Conversation with Obama Administration Officials on Service
Heads of the Peace Corps and Corporation for National and Community Service
Host Panel Discussion


WASHINGTON (March 1, 2011) –Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams and Chief Executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service Patrick Corvington, will discuss the importance of public service during an interactive panel titled Impact Your World: A Conversation with Obama Administration Officials on Service on Wednesday, March 9 at
2 p.m. at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel on the main campus at Howard University. The panel will be moderated by Bernard L. Richardson, Ph.D., dean of the chapel.

Howard University, leading the way in research, firmly embraces its mission to serve the nation and the world. Everyday, our students, faculty, staff and physicians are making a difference. Next week, Howard students will skip the beach and head to earthquake ravaged Haiti as well as to several U.S. cities – Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta and at home in Washington – to volunteer during Spring Break.

“Service at home and abroad has been part of the Howard University DNA since its inception,” Richardson said. “This is exemplified through our Alternative Spring Break program and global partnership fostered through

the Howard chapter of Engineers Without Borders. President Sidney A. Ribeau is committed to further expand our international footprint. ”Williams and Corvington will discuss their life-long commitment to service. The discussion is meant to encourage more Howard students to consider the career-enhancing possibilities of volunteerism.

 “For me and many of the 200,000 Americans who have served with the Peace Corps since 1961, the experience of public service overseas was a life-defining leadership opportunity.  I learned that by working with people at the grassroots level, together we can achieve magnificent things,” said Aaron S. Williams, returned Peace Corps volunteer, Dominican Republic, 1967-1970.  “As a volunteer, you represent the diversity, values, and goodwill of the American people and provide communities with sustainable solutions.” 

Howard University has an enduring relationship with the Corporation for National and Community Service including sponsored programs such as HU Serve, which incorporates service-learning as an educational strategy in the classroom as well as Jumpstart, a national non-profit AmeriCorps program that recruits students who are interested in supporting early childhood education, and making service a part of their college experience.

A reception for students interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities will follow the panel discussion. The reception will be held in the Founders Library Browsing Room at 4 p.m.

About Howard

Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges.  Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

About the Peace Corps

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America and the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. CNCS is a federal agency.

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