Antioch University has deepened its commitment to supporting those who serve their country through new agreements with the Peace Corps to build and expand academic programming that recognizes the educational value of service. In addition, the university is the first national university to commit to the Employer of National Service (EONS) program, which encourages the hiring of Peace Corps and AmeriCorps alumni.
Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman and Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet signed a formal agreement on Monday, May 18 to announce the partnership during a breakfast event on the Seattle campus with leaders from the Seattle community, business and nonprofit sectors.
“Antioch University is truly a national and international leader in service and innovation and this new partnership is further evidence of their commitment to our strong collaboration,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Antioch University students bring unique skills to Peace Corps service, while gaining hands-on experience that will give them a competitive edge upon graduation.”
The new partnership enables Antioch University’s Peace Corps Masters International degree programs to expand to all five Antioch campuses across the United States. The first Peace Corps PhD program was launched earlier this year at Antioch University’s New England campus and is based off the existing Master’s International program geared toward students already involved with Peace Corps. Students enrolled in these programs earn credit toward their graduate degrees through Peace Corps service.
“As a university that embraces service and integrates social, economic and environmental justice themes into all of our academic programs, expanding our offerings for present and future Peace Corps volunteers and becoming a Peace Corps Employer of National Service perfectly aligns with our mission and vision,” Nudelman said. “Blending Peace Corps service with graduate and doctoral degree studies and experiential learning opportunities prepares students to truly be effective global citizens empowered to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Across its five campuses, Antioch University has more than 80 faculty, staff or board members that have served in the Peace Corps. Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring and advancement opportunities.
Antioch University’s doctoral and master’s programs offer 12 credits tuition-free for the service and research conducted while volunteering in the Peace Corps. Students also receive specialized training and gain access to an extensive network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with diverse areas of expertise to help them prepare for their next venture.
In addition, the Seattle campus also recognizes those who perform or value service through its new Master of Science in Management and Leadership program. Peace Corps volunteers are just one group that can enroll in this program, which is geared towards building service experience into the academic program as a way to open doors for future leadership roles.