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In this session Kenney Tran and Jerome Siangco, veteran Peace Corp volunteers in Colombia and China, respectively, will share their stories on why they became Peace Corps volunteers and offer some of their lessons learned during their service. The two will also provide their perspectives on volunteering for the Peace Corps during the global pandemic.
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KENNEY TRAN is a current candidate in the Master of Public Administration program at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. He spent two years as a community economic development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Colombia. His areas of focus within Colombia were gender and racial equity, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and small business development. Tran has also spent time working in the fields of higher education at Merrimack College, his alma mater, as well as public health and non-profit work through an anti-racist lens at Better Health Together and #IAMNotAVirus. Tran remains involved with Peace Corps endeavors on both national and local levels via the National RPCV Racial Justice Initiative as well as The Colombia Project.
JEROME SIANGCO is a project associate for Next Generation programs and outreach at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Siangco served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Guizhou Province of China where he worked on education development and cultural exchanges. Siangco’s primary role was working with faculty and students at Liupanshui Normal University, here he was selected as a Peace Corps security warden, peer support advisor, and in-service trainer. He currently serves on the board of the Seattle Area Peace Corps Association where he directs the nonprofit's advocacy efforts, working with Washington state legislators to support Peace Corps legislation. Jerome has a master’s in International Policy and Development, graduating with Distinction from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from the College of the Holy Cross.
The session will be moderated by Mariam Anderson, who has served for many years as a board member for the World Affairs Council of Tacoma.
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