The first week in March is recognized as Peace Corps Week to commemorate the signing of President John F. Kennedy's executive order establishing the federal agency on March 1, 1961.
Peace Corps Regional Representative and Whitworth alumna Erin Erickson, who served in the Republic of Moldova, will be at the event to share information about opportunities available with the Peace Corps, the benefits of serving with the agency and tips to guide potential volunteers through the application process.
Whitworth University has a strong legacy with the Peace Corps. More than 150 Whitworth alumni have served with the agency since 1961; six alumni are currently serving overseas. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. Since he established the Peace Corps more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries.
Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment and the agency's mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.