Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Xavier University First HBCU to Join Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Xavier University First HBCU to Join Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program

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NEW ORLEANS

Xavier has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Peace Corps marking the beginning of its partnership with the agency's Fellows/USA program.

As one of the Peace Corps' domestic programs, Fellows/USA has established similar relationships with more than 30 universities nationwide. Xavier is the first historically Black college or university to participate in the program.

As Fellows/USA partners, universities offer returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) financial benefits for their graduate studies and place them in internships in underserved U.S. communities. RPCVs are well suited to filling hard-to-staff positions or working in multilingual environments because of the language, intercultural and practical skills they acquired while living and working in developing countries during their Peace Corps service.

At Xavier, Fellows who are interested in teaching math, science or special education can apply for either of two courses of study--the Fast Track to Teaching program and the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Fast Track, which begins in the summer, allows participants to earn teacher certification with an option to pursue a master's degree. …

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