CHHS and Watson Host UNCW's First Peace Corps Diversity Day

CHHS and Watson Host UNCW’s First Peace Corps Diversity Day

On Feb. 21, faculty and staff from CHHS and Watson hosted UNCW’s first Peace Corps Diversity Day.

Two recruiters appeared in a host of events on campus, including facilitating class talks, staffing a table at the UNCW Career Fair in Burney, making visits to Centro Hispano and Upperman African American Cultural Center and co-hosting lunch and dinner activities.

CHHS provided each attendee with their choice of a small gift from the book store—mega horn, lanyard, decal or cup—and a CHHS pen.

Lunch included a short speech by the regional diversity recruiter and outreach specialist, followed by mini Peace Corps story presentations from three Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV); two faculty; and the NC Peace Corps recruiter, a UNCW alumnus.

For dinner, faculty, staff and students broke into small groups with one RPCV to participate in discussions about the application process and personal experiences. The discussions lasted well past the scheduled end time of 6:30 p.m.

“I am very pleased with our day of activities,” Assistant Professor Sabrina Cherry said. “We had a wide array of students from across campus who attended one or more of the events. It was wonderful to work with the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Student Success Center, Study Aboard and Watson on such an important initiative. Thank you for your support!”

Sabrina went on to say that two students have already been accepted into Peace Corps and shared their experiences with interested applicants and two other students expressed interest in becoming our 2018-19 Peace Corps Ambassadors, along with a host of others who joined the Peace Corps mailing list to receive additional information.