University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service students Tim Campbell, Lydia Grate, and Felicia Kennedy will participate in a virtual panel discussion as part of Peace Corps Day at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4.
The virtual event will be hosted by the Graduate School and International Education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
The first week of March is Peace Corps Week, commemorating President John F. Kennedy's establishment of the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps.
Thursday’s event will consist of a panel discussion with a selected number of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) about the challenges and rewards of serving in the Peace Corps, with a focus on the topic of diversity and inclusion.
The discussion will be informative to anyone who is interested in joining the Peace Corps after graduation, or anyone interested in global aid work and service. UAF students will also have an opportunity to engage with RPCV's with questions at the end of the panel discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Peace Corps recruiter, Corbin Johns.
Campbell grew up in Little Rock, Ark., and attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He graduated in 2015 as the first member of his family to receive a college degree. Upon graduation, he was successfully accepted into the Peace Corps where he served as a Community Health Facilitator in The Gambia from 2016-2018. Campbell also served as Chair of Peace Corps The Gambia's Diversity Board. Following his tenure with the Peace Corps, Campbell spent a six-month practicum with the Office of International Programs and Studies at UAPB, serving as a Senior Adviser to UAPB's Peace Corps Prep Program.
Grate, who is from Russellville, Ark., earned degrees from Arkansas Tech University in broadcast journalism, public relations, and speech communication. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa from 2011-2013. During her service, she facilitated training (in French) and collaborated with local NGOs and the U.S. Embassy to organize conferences for youth and women's empowerment. Grate has worked in six countries and on a variety of public service projects, including teaching hospitality skills to girls at risk of sex trafficking in Thailand, mentoring at-risk youth in Australia, and organizing community festivals in New Zealand.
Kennedy is from Portland, Ark., and graduated from UAPB with a degree in computer science. She served as a Peace Corps English education volunteer in the Republic of Georgia from 2018-2020 and was a founding board member and vice president of the board for Visions Academy Charter School of Newark, N.J. As a first-year Clinton School student, she is part of a team working with Create Little Rock to research and assess what attracts young professionals to the Little Rock area.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.