Hiram College’s partnership with the Peace Corps officially kicked off on April 3, 2014, as President Thomas V. Chema signed the Memorandum of Cooperation.
In February, Hiram became one of six new partnership institutions for the Peace Corps Prep Program. The prep program seeks to develop a pipeline of highly-qualified Peace Corps applicants. Each institution independently designs its program on specified criteria that reflects the Peace Corp’s interdisciplinary approach. Hiram’s program will be run through the new Center for Global Interaction.
Lisa Safford, professor of art and director of the Center, led the way in developing the program’s proposal and academic curriculum.
“The Prep Program brings together many of the things we do so well: study abroad, internationalization and service,” Safford said.
She believes there is much to be gained from Peace Corps service.
“One of the things employers say they are eagerly looking for in college students and sometimes complain they are not finding enough of, is what they refer to as the soft skills,” Safford said. “They include patience, self-awareness, empathy, creativity, communication with and management of others, teamwork, mentoring, networking, control of emotions, self confidence, resilience. These are all qualities I think, travel abroad at Hiram introduces students too, and service in the Peace Corps does it, too.”
President Chema said the program builds upon the College’s goal of developing future leaders.
“When I came to Hiram College 11 years ago, I very much wanted to encourage more of our students to pursue careers and experiences that would enable them to make a contribution through service to our community, our country and this world,” he said. “This program is another step in further defining Hiram College as a place where leaders are educated.”
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