Peace Corps Partners with Tulane School of Social Work

October 19, 2007

Kathryn Hobgood
Phone: 504-865-5229

United States Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter will visit Tulane University on Oct. 19 to announce an important new fellowship program for graduates of both the Tulane School of Social Work and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

The fellowship program will provide credit hours for selected Masters of Social Work candidates who are working on a dual degree in public health and who have already completed two years in the Peace Corps. Through this fellowship, the student will be sent on an additional short-term, high-impact assignment through the Peace Corps’ newest division, the Crisis Corps. This three-to-six month assignment will help students meet the 900 hours of internship required of the five-semester MSW/MPH dual degree program.

“This is an exciting development for the Peace Corps since it is our very first Crisis Corps partnership with a graduate institution,” said Director Tschetter. “We look forward to strengthening our ongoing partnership with Tulane through this new graduate program.”

“This partnership represents a significant part of our school’s rapidly expanding international program,” said Ron Marks, dean of the School of Social Work. “All parties involved, including the Peace Corps and the many communities in which volunteers serve, will benefit.  I am truly pleased that through this partnership, the Tulane School of Social Work will attract a new cadre of students who are experienced in providing vital services around the world and who will contribute to our academic community with their practice wisdom developed during their Peace Corps service.”

While in town, Tschetter will also present a certificate to the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps Master’s International program. There are currently 22 students serving in the Peace Corps with Tulane’s Masters International program and there are currently 19 students enrolled in the program on campus and awaiting service overseas.

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