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Peace Corps

Western Illinois University's Peace Corps Fellows program, which is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  Supporters said the program's fellows have accomplished a great deal for rural communities in Illinois.

Courtesy of Gloria Delany-Barmann

I have built my adult life and my career around the privilege of crossing borders to live, work, and explore.  On various travels to Central and South America, many people have opened their homes and treated me as a friend, a daughter, or sister. These experiences have shaped me in ways that I am still discovering today.

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I believe that optimism is a moral choice.  Lately the news has been overwhelmingly grim – hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and senseless gun violence.  It is a reminder to us all that we are living in an increasingly volatile world. And while it is easy to be discouraged, in the midst of every tragedy and disaster there are, what Mr. Rogers called, "helpers."  People who don't wait on others to take charge, they simply do it themselves.  Take the recent disaster in Puerto Rico as an example. 

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Mar 3, 2016

The Peace Corps sends Americans to 62 countries for two-year volunteer commitments. The international organization got its start in 1961. Today, there are about 7,000 active Peace Corps volunteers and trainees.

WIU To Offer Peace Corps Prep Program

Oct 6, 2014

The Peace Corps Prep Program is designed to prepare undergraduate college students for international service.

WIU Included in Illinois Disaster Corps Initiative

Jul 14, 2014
American Red Cross

Western Illinois University is participating in a pilot project to help communities state-wide recover from natural disasters.

WIU Expands Peace Corps Fellows Program

Jun 25, 2014
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WIU's Peace Corps Fellows program is receiving about $30,000 more in federal money this year. That's enough to let three more students enroll this fall.