Multiculturalism and the global community have increasingly become part of the discourse within higher education as it strives to prepare students for an interdependent world of diverse societies. This session, “Preparing for Multiculturalism and the Global Community” will rely on the experiences of the Peace Corps to provide a model for educators to train their students to be successful in a world that is increasingly interconnected and multicultural. For more than 50 years, the Peace Corps has trained over 200,000 volunteers to work in 140 countries and become leaders in today’s global society. This session focuses on the Peace Corps as a template of for best practices to provide insight and ideas to prepare our students for the 21st century’s global community.
We are delighted that welcoming and introductory remarks for this session will be made by Peace Corps Associate Director for the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection, Helen A. Lowman. She will introduce our honored keynote speaker, Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3). Congressman Garamendi will speak about Peace Corps’ model of training and preparation. His remarks will be followed by a panel of returned Peace Corps Volunteers who will share their own personal stories, focusing on lessons learned from working in a global society.
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Congressman (California 3rd District)
Representative Garamendi joined the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009, bringing nearly 40 years of public service, including California’s 46th Lieutenant Governor, Regent of the University of California, Trustee for the California State University System, and Chair of the California State Lands Commission. He is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, where he and his wife Patti taught and worked in community development in Ethiopia.