On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Executive Order that created the Peace Corps. At the UW-Madison, we celebrate the founding of the agency each year in a variety of ways, and invite the campus and community to celebrate with us. After two years of no volunteers in the field due to the March 2020 COVID-19 evacuations, we are excited to welcome volunteers back into service!
The presentations on March 1 and March 2 are part of our Badger Peace Corps Stories of Success. We will hear from two people with deep UW-Madison roots who credit their Peace Corps service for much of their current success.
Tuesday, March 1, 5-6 p.m.
The Peace Corps Journey: Where Can It Take You?
Registration: Register now!
Overview: Lori DiPrete Brown served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, and her experiences there shaped her public health career and provided the inspiration for her novel, Caminata. Lori will read from the book and share some reflections about how Peace Corps service has impacted her life and work. Life is a journey, and the conscious choices we make along the way matter! You are invited to listen, reflect and prepare for your own journey!
Lori teaches in the School of Human Ecology and is affiliated with the School of Medicine and Public Health. Her expertise and experience span public health, human rights, gender equity, civil society, community studies, and the science and art of change. DiPrete Brown is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Harvard Divinity School. At UW-Madison she serves as the Director of the 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative, Associate Director of the Global Health Institute, and as a Co-Chair of the UniverCity Alliance. She is the lead author and editor of Foundations in Global Health Practice (Wiley, 2018). Lori lives in Madison with her husband and has three adult children. She is a Benedictine Oblate of the Holy Wisdom Monastery. Her writing focuses on themes of spirituality, social justice and personal transformation.
Wednesday, March 2, 2-3 pm
Peace Corps: From Volunteer to International Business
With Tony Carroll, Senior Advisor at Manchester Trade
Location: Virtual from your home, or join the Watch Party at the Observatory Hill Office Building, Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Dr.
Registration: Register now!
Overview: Peace Corps service often becomes part of our definition of who we are. The host country nationals we meet become friends and family. Tony will talk about how his connections to Botswana remain strong today, and reflect on his successes along the way.
Short Bio: Tony Carroll is senior advisor of Manchester Trade, a Washington trade, development and business consulting firm. He serves on the advisory board of the UW-Madison International Division. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has 35 years of business and development experience in Africa dating from his Peace Corps service in Botswana (1976-78). He specializes in investments that involve transferring new technologies and methodologies to Africa. He served as assistant general counsel to the Peace Corps, member of the advisory boards of EXIM Bank, OPIC and USTR and was a congressional nominee to the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He currently serves as a director to the Acorus Fund in Hong Kong. He has degrees in economics and law from the University of Denver and an MAPA from the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Thursday, March 3, 4-6 p.m.
Multicultural Career Fair
The Multicultural Career & Internship Fair is a prime opportunity for talented UW-Madison students seeking internships and full-time employment to meet with over 40 organizations that are seeking diverse candidates. All current UW-Madison students and recent alumni are encouraged to attend. Meet with the campus Peace Corps Recruiter and a returned volunteer who was evacuated in March 2020 to find out more about how important service can mean in your life.
Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Freeze for Food 5K/10K
Get excited for the 41st annual Freeze for Food run/walk! The 5K will start at noon, and the 10K will start at 1 p.m. This event is run by the RPCVs of Wisconsin–Madison with the goal of providing a fun way for people to get outside and exercise while also raising funds to support Madison’s Open Doors for Refugees. Open Doors for Refugees is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the resettlement of refugees and welcoming them into the Madison community. Participants will have the option to join virtually or in-person. In-person runners will follow a path along Lake Wingra, while virtual participants can choose any preferred location. Learn more.
Sponsored by International Division ▪ Open Doors for Refugees ▪ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin – Madison
Thank you to all of the sponsors of Peace Corps Week 2022!
Cosponsored by UW-Madison schools and departments: Curriculum and Instruction School of Education ▪ Education Career Center ▪ Educational Policy Studies ▪ 4W Initiative ▪ Global Health Institute ▪ Global Health Undergraduate Program ▪ School of Human Ecology ▪ International Division ▪ Global Health Undergraduate Program ▪ Kinesiology Undergraduate Studies ▪ LaFollette School of Public Affairs ▪ Rehabilitation and Special Education ▪ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin – Madison▪ Teacher Education Center