Peace Corps recruiter to speak at UAPB Thursday, Nov. 19

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

1881729The Office of International Programs and Studies (OIPS) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is hosting an informational session on the Peace Corps Volunteer Program on Thursday, Nov. 19. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the Woodard Hall Auditorium at UAPB.

This Peace Corps program enables recent university graduates and experienced professionals to live and work overseas. Volunteers play a vital role in helping low-income communities across the globe achieve various development goals.

Quinn Walker, a Peace Corps recruiter, will be the featured guest at the session. Walker, a native of Crescent City, California, spent 28 months with the Peace Corps, living and working in the Republic of Moldova. There, he worked in the community economic development sector and was responsible for building the capacity of two non-profit organizations in a village of 5,000 residents.

Walker earned his bachelor’s degree in Science in public administration at Plymouth State University (PSU) in New Hampshire. During his junior year at PSU, he studied abroad for seven months in South Africa where he traveled extensively and broadened his perspective on the world. He says his study abroad experience was a major catalyst for his joining the Peace Corps.

Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a grant writer for the Young Women’s Christian Association before taking a job with the Peace Corps as recruiter for the Southwest regional office. His assigned states are Oklahoma and Arkansas.

“The session with Mr. Walker promises to be informative and engaging,” Dr. Pamela Moore, associate dean for global engagement for OIPS, said. “The Peace Corps program can open doors to global opportunities to further the academic and career advancement of undergraduate and graduate students.”

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