Peace Corps Director to Speak at Yale

Peace Corps Director Mark L. Schneider will speak at Yale University on April 12 at 4 p.m. in Dwight Hall Chapel, 67 High St.

Schneider will meet with former Peace Corps volunteers who currently teach or study at Yale in Dwight Hall Library at 3 p.m.

In the evening, Schneider will meet future Peace Corps volunteers from the region who will depart this summer to work in countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

At 6 p.m., the Peace Corps and the Connecticut chapter of the National Peace Corps Association will bring together past and future Peace Corps volunteers at the New Haven Lawn Club.

Today, 26 graduates of Yale University are working as Peace Corps volunteers in 20 countries. They join more than 1,000 Yale alumni who have served as Peace Corps volunteers since 1961.

President Clinton named Schneider the Peace Corps’ fifteenth director in December 1999. Schneider previously worked in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United States Agency for International Development, where he directed U.S. foreign assistance programs to support democracy, social and economic development, and environmental protection.

Currently, nearly 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are working in 77 countries to bring clean water to communities, teach children, protect the environment, help start new businesses, and prevent the spread of AIDS. Since 1961, more than 155,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps.

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