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Congresswoman Lee Hosts Peace Corps Diversity Recruitment Event

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) hosted a Peace Corps diversity recruitment event at Oakland’s Laney College with special guest Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee shared her experience as a leader in the fight against global poverty and diseases including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and her current role as the Congressional Representative to the United Nations.  She also encouraged attendees, many of who come from backgrounds that are traditionally under-represented in the Peace Corps, to consider service as a way to address the humanitarian crises and economic development needs across the globe.

“I commend the Peace Corps on their efforts to broaden participation of underrepresented communities,” said Congresswoman Lee.  “Peace Corps volunteers are on the frontlines of poverty reduction, economic and social justice, reducing instability, and providing hope for millions of the most vulnerable around the world.”

Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet shared how Peace Corps service can give them an opportunity to bring about broad positive change, hone concrete skills, and engage the global community.

Current Peace Corps volunteer and Oakland resident Teneasha Pierson also shared her experience as a current volunteer in Kenya via Skype.

California produces more Peace Corps volunteers than any other state nationwide with 973 residents currently serving, including the 32 volunteers from the 13th Congressional District. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 28,000 California residents have served overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.

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