Peace Corps Connect - Partnering for Progress

04 Aug 2017 @ 9:00am MDT
06 Aug 2017 @ 5:00pm MDT
Event Details

Hosted by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO), the 2017 Peace Corps Connect conference will celebrate and build upon the great partnerships of the greater Peace Corps community.

This year’s conference, Partnering for Progress: Taking Collaborations to New Heights, will feature a series of breakout sessions and workshops that address the Peace Corps community's role in impacting key U.N. Sustainable Development goals. 

Where

University of Denver 
Sturm Hall
2000 E Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210

 

Friday, August 4, 2017 

Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (AGNAM) 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

This annual leadership summit - specifically for leaders and board members of NPCA affiliate groups - will include informational seminars and workshops designed to share best practices and facilitate networking and collaboration between groups. 

Registration is open to any active members of the leadership or board of an affiliate group. RSVP below.

 

Peace Corps and Rotary Partnership Meeting

1:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.

This pre-conference event will bring together both the Peace Corps and Rotary communities. Using the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for partnership between Rotary International and the U.S. Peace Corps as a framework, the event will focus on how to expand the partnership between Rotary clubs, NPCA Affiliate Groups, and Peace Corps, whether in the U.S. or in Peace Corps countries. The event will also feature successful projects that have already occurred and the many benefits to both organizations and their members by supporting each other's projects.

Registration is open to anyone interested in learning more about collaboration between Peace Corps and Rotary. 

 

Conference Kick-Off Party!

Getting to Denver early? Please join the RPCVs of Colorado and fellow conference attendees for a welcome event at the Posner Center for International Development on Friday, August 4 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Enjoy local food trucks, beer and the coolest shared working spaces in the US.  www.posnercenter.org 

Tickets are only $10 and registration will be open soon! Save the date - we'll email you when registration opens! 

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017 

Peace Corps Connect Conference 

8:30 am - 5:30 pm 

This year's conference - Partnering for Progress: Taking Collaborations to New Heights - will unite leaders from across the community to join discussions on how we can address key U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. A series of workshops and seminars will focus specifically on global health, the environment, economic development, equality and justice, as well as education and youth development. 

 

Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award Reception

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

Join the Peace Corps community in celebrating the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner, a global leader who was influenced by the Peace Corps and who has gone on to significantly impact his or her host country. Light hors d'oeuvre, beer and wine will be served.

Winner to be announced soon. 

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017 

Peace Corps Connect Conference 

9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

The second day of the conference will build on the previous day's discussions surrounding global health, the environment, economic development, equality and justice, as well as education and youth development. 

It will also feature the conference's annual Partner Exhibition and the RPCVCO Annual Picnic. More details below. 

 

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO) Annual Picnic and Partner Exhibition 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

RPCVCO is excited to host their annual summer picnic in conjunction with the Peace Corps Connect conference. Members of the local Peace Corps community - from RPCVs to family to friends to potential Peace Corps applicants - are welcome to join conference attendees to eat good food, catch up with old Peace Corps friends, and make new ones.

For RPCVCO members, please note that this year’s the picnic will be slightly different - it will be more formal and there will be no need to bring a dish to participate. We’ll be providing the food this year!

The picnic will also feature the Conference’s annual Partner Exhibition. Local and national organizations with programs and opportunities for RPCVs will be present to share information for those looking to take the next step in your career, find volunteer opportunities, or connect with like-minded people. 

 

Registration Prices 

Ticket Type Early Bird Rate (through May 31) Regular Rate (June 1 - July 28)
Conference - Full Registration (Saturday, Aug. 5 - Sunday, Aug. 6: Includes RPCVCO Annual Picnic) $220 $270
Conference - Saturday Registration Only (Aug. 5) $115 $140
Conference - Sunday Registration Only (Aug. 6; Includes RPCVCO Annual Picnic) $115 $140

Registration Instructions

  1. Select your Conference Registration ticket(s) below. 
  2. If one of the discounts (see below) applies to you, click the orange link "Click here to enter your promotional code" beneath the registration chart. Enter in your code. 
  3. If you plan to stay on campus, select your Housing & Dining plan in the next chart. Otherwise, move on to the next step. 
  4. Click "Purchase Tickets" at the bottom of the page.
  5. You will be asked to fill out a brief form for each registrant before submitting payment information.
  6. If you selected to stay in a double room in the dormitory, your confirmation email will contain a form to make a roommate request. 

 

Discounts: 

Recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - 20% discount for RPCVs who returned from service between 2012 and 2017. Use code: 12RPCV17

Seniors - 15% discount for senior citizens. Use code: SENIOR17

Members of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO)15% discount for current members of RPCVCO. Log in to your RPCVCO Member Profile or look for an email from RPCVCO to access your discount code! Not a member yet? Click here to join and get your code

 

Volunteer! 

There will be a number of volunteer positions available during the conference. Depending on the number of hours volunteered, the registration fee is either discounted or free. Interested in learning more? Add your name to the volunteer list. We'll reach out soon with available shifts! 

On-Campus Housing 

Dormitory rooms are available on the University of Denver's campus for Friday, August 4th through Monday, August 7th in Nelson Hall. 

Room reservations must be purchased in 2 or 3 night packages as detailed below. 

Single Room Packages:

  • 3 Nights (Check-In Friday, Aug. 4, Check-Out Monday, Aug. 7)
  • 2 Nights (Check-In Friday, Aug. 4, Check-Out Sunday, Aug. 6) 

Double Room Packages: 

Please note: Double Rooms contain 2 single beds. By selecting a Double Room Package, you are reserving one of the beds in a double room. If you wish to room with a friend, spouse, etc. you will each need to purchase a Double Room Package. Your confirmation email will contain a Roommate Request Form to fill out so you can be assigned to the same room. If you do not have a preferred roommate, you will be assigned one. 

  • 3 Nights (Check-In Friday, Aug. 4, Check-Out Monday, Aug. 7)
  • 2 Nights (Check-In Friday, Aug. 4, Check-Out Sunday, Aug. 6) 

 

All rooms include a bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet, and a linen packet (which includes a pillow, bedsheets and towel). 

Rooms are arranged in suites with a shared common room and bathroom between 4-6 suitemates. 

If you require an ADA accessible room, please contact events@peacecorpsconnect.org. 

 

On-Campus Dining

For your convenience, you can purchase a pre-paid Meal Card to use in the dining halls. If you are staying at the dorms, please purchase one of the Overnight Meal Card plans. If you are staying elsewhere in Denver, please purchase the Commuter Meal Card.

Meal Card options include:

  • Overnight Meal Card: includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday (lunch on Sunday is included in conference registration as part of the RPCVCO Picnic) 
  • Commuter Meal Card: includes lunch on Saturday (lunch on Sunday is included in conference registration as part of the RPCVCO Picnic) 

Please note that breakfast will not be available in the dining hall on Monday, August 7th. However, there are many nearby local breakfast options. 

 

Off-Campus Housing

Hotels

If you prefer to stay off-campus, the University of Denver has a list of nearby recommended hotels, including some that offer discounts if the hotel guest is attending an event at the university. In most cases, hotels will be most accessible if driving a car. 

Airbnb

NPCA has a special partnership with Airbnb which allows members of the Peace Corps community to rent their houses through Airbnb to other members of the community. Have a space to rent? List it here! Are you an RPCV traveling to Denver? Find a place to stay here

Couch-Surfing

Some members of the local Denver Peace Corps community may also offer space in their homes. Click here to view available rooms or apartments

 

Off-Campus Dining

For those who prefer to eat off campus, there are a number of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and more within walking distance of the University of Denver.

Air Travel:

Denver International Airport (DIA) is the closest airport to the University of Denver.  Please read the University of Denver's guide for detailed information on how to reach the campus from the airport.

Further information about public transportation in Denver via the Regional Transportation District (RTD) can be found here.

United by the theme - Partnering for Progress: Taking Collaborations to New Heights - conference breakout sessions will offer participants a hands-on opportunity to interact with key topics. Learn more about a few of them below! 

 

Creating Collaborative Solutions to Global Issues: World Affairs Challenge

The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is dedicated to developing tomorrow's global leaders. Through mentoring, education and competition, WAC ignites middle-school and high-school students' passions about world affairs. WAC engages youth to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. WAC students move from awareness to action while learning to think critically, collaborate, communicate and grow human capacity. Join us to experience our collaborative problem-solving and learn how you can make a difference in the lives of students at home and abroad.

Presenters: 

  • Hope W. Mukai M.Ed. World Affairs Council, Program Director

 

Share Your Service: A Storytelling Workshop

One of the most compelling and heartfelt ways to share your Peace Corps experience is through stories. Storytelling can also be an excellent way to facilitate empathetic learning and community dialogue. Continue your service, demonstrate your dedication to social justice and renew your commitment to the Peace Corps’ Third Goal, by sharing stories from your Peace Corps experience.  

When RPCVs tell stories, they humanize and illuminate places and people with that unique, grassroots, Peace Corps perspective. Join Peace Corps’ Third Goal Program Specialist Meleia Egger, RPCV Malawi 2007-2009,  and the new NPCA affiliate group, “Share Your Service”, to learn how to find, craft, and share your Peace Corps stories in engaging and vibrant ways.

Presenters:

  • Meleia Egger, Peace Corps’ Third Goal Program Specialist, RPCV Malawi

 

From Volunteer to Educator: A Panel Discussion

This workshop will focus on the journey of RPCVs and former Peace Corps staff who have entered the field of education after service. The presenters will highlight the partnerships forged between RPCVs and schools, as well as other institutions of learning, including international experiential education programs. Strategies for establishing and maintaining sustainable educational relationships, while furthering the mission of the Peace Corps, will be explored in-depth.

Presenters:

  • Alicia Butcher, Assistant Principal, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Arianne Burger, Manager of Employment Services, Jeffco Public Schools
  • Kate Hamann, Network Partner, Denver Public Schools
  • Grant VanPelt, Escuela Valdez

 

A Case Study in Forging Community Partnerships: Treating Obstetric Fistula in Malawi

In 2016, the RPCVs of Northeastern New York developed partnerships between SUNY Albany, the Freedom from Fistula Foundation and Rotary International to facilitate broad community collaboration to prevent and treat obstetric fistula in Malawi. This session will provide a roadmap and toolkit to assist RPCV and other groups in organizing successful awareness and fund raising events on issues that matter most to you in your own communities. Participants will not only discuss how to plan, organize and carry out such an event, but also receive a take-home toolkit with an appendix of the sample documents you may need.

Presenters:

  • Becky Raymond, RPCV Niger, Associate Peace Corps Director Mauritania, Peace Corps Response Volunteer Malawi

 

World Affairs Council: Continuing Service

RPCVs will discover service, educational, and professional development opportunities available through their local chapter of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) or Global Ties U.S. Community-Based Member (CBM). WACA strives to foster deeper understanding of key global issues and to provide participants with access to leaders and decision-makers so that communities can better compete, collaborate, and make informed decisions in a complex world. Global Ties U.S. builds a more peaceful, prosperous world through strengthening international exchange.

Presenters: 

  • Dan Wienecke, WorldDenver, Manager, Visitor and Exchange Programs
  • Katy Anderson, WorldDenver, Manager of Development
  • Kevin Amirehsani, Colorado Office of the State Auditor, Legislative Performance Auditor
  • Sierra Hutchinson, Community College of Denver, Achievement Coach
  • Gergana Kostadinova, WorldDenver, Manager, Professional and Youth Exchange Programs

 

The Global Presenters Program: A Collaboration for Global Education

The Global Presenters program is a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education and the Western North Carolina RPCV affiliate group. Beginning by providing presenters to K-12 classrooms, the program has now expanded to colleges, community and scout groups and even retirement homes. RPCVs are trained to use effective and age-appropriate strategies to give participants an understanding of our diverse world and engage in cultural exploration and thought provoking dialogue.

Presenters:

  • Margaret Davis, Coordinator of Global Presenters, Western North Carolina RPCVs

 

Partnering for Success: Friends of Liberia's Family Literacy Initiative

The session focuses on strategies, challenges and successes as Friends of Liberia (FOL) designed and implemented the Liberia Family Literacy Initiative by: (1) identifying and working with two strategic partners, and additional partners including the Ministry of Education, Peace Corps, and Liberian municipalities; (2) building local capacity; (3) monitoring and evaluating program implementation and results; (4) securing funding from major international and other donors; and, (5) influencing national education systems and policies.

Presenters: 

  • Don Drach, Co-chair FOL education committee and FOL board member

 

Community Health Worker Training in Panama and Other Short-Term, High-Impact Projects in Peace Corps Response

As part of the Peace Corps Response program, Katie Langland (RPCV Guatemala) and Katie Long (RPCV Honduras) facilitated community health worker training in Bocas del Toro, Panama, using their combination of technical skills, language proficiency and previous Peace Corps experience. Learn more about Peace Corps Response, which provides opportunities for RPCVs and other experienced professionals to use their specialized experience and technical skills to provide targeted assistance for short-term assignments in over 80 Peace Corps countries.

Presenters: 

  • Katie Langland, Public Health Trainer (RPCV Guatemala, PC Response Panama)
  • Katie Long, Public Health Trainer (RPCV Honduras, PC Response Panama)
  • Denis Illige-Saucier, Peace Corps Response Recruitment and Placement Specialist (RPCV Kyrgyzstan, PC Response Comoros)

The second day of the conference will feature our partner exhibition, in conjunction with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado (RPCVCO)'s annual picnic. Meet with Peace Corps community partners, employers, universities, and others with programs and opportunities for RPCVs.    

The exhibition will take place outdoors on the Campus Green. 

Details: 

Sunday, August 6, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Interested in becoming an Exhibitor? Learn more and register here


Meet our 2017 Exhibitors!

 

Sponsoring Exhibitors:

The University of Vermont's Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA

The Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA program has fundamentally reinvented business education and the MBA degree to address the core challenges we face - environment, ethics, poverty and inequality - through the lens of enterprise and entrepreneurship. In just twelve months, you receive an AACSB accredited degree, which includes not only the basic MBA toolkit, but also the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to transform today’s business and create tomorrow’s sustainable enterprises.

 

Exhibitors

Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA at Colorado State University

The purpose of the GSSE MBA is to prepare our students to design, build, and manage entrepreneurial ventures that impact social and environmental challenges. Our key differentiator is the fully integrated venture creation process. Students form teams and design ventures throughout multiple courses and all three semesters, including a 40-60 day summer practicum. It is a cohort-based program with 25-30 students from very diverse backgrounds and experiences.

 

Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Our mission at the Heller School is to drive positive social change through research, education, and public engagement that inform policies and programs designed to address disparities in well-being and promote social inclusion in a sustainable way.

 

Peace Corps Response

Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Bring valuable skills and experiences to projects in places where you are needed most.

 

National Peace Corps Association Affiliate Groups

RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin Madison started the International Calendar 30 years ago to raise funds for community development here and abroad. We are celebrating this year by creating a perpetual calendar using photos from the last 30 years that highlight countries served by Peace Corps.

Friends of Colombia Annual Meeting

Friday, August 4, 2017   3:00 – 5:30 pm
University of Denver, Sturm Hall Room #251

The event will feature research in Colombia by Oliver Kaplan, author and professor. The first Peace Corps volunteers arrived in Colombia in the early 1960s, an opportune time to promote peace and reconciliation. Yet Colombia went on to suffer a decades-long war and nearly became a failed state. What, then, were the legacies of development efforts like Peace Corps? What implications do previous rural development programs have for peace following the recent agreement with the FARC?

Friends of Colombia Dinner (no host) 

Friday, August 4, 2017 6:30 pm
Location TBD. For more details contact Pat Wand.

For more details on Friends of Colombia's events, please download this flyer

Conference Registration

Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting (Pre-Conference, Friday, Aug. 4) 28 Jul 2017 Free
Peace Corps and Rotary Partnership Meeting (Pre-Conference, Friday, Aug. 4) 28 Jul 2017 $25.00
Conference - Full Registration (Saturday, Aug. 5 - Sunday, Aug. 6: Includes RPCVCO Annual Picnic) 31 Jul 2017 $270.00
Conference - Saturday Registration Only (Aug. 5) 31 Jul 2017 $140.00
Conference - Sunday Registration Only (Aug. 6; Includes RPCVCO Annual Picnic) 31 Jul 2017 $140.00
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Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
Single Room (3 Nights) - Check-In Friday 8/4 , Check-Out Monday 8/7 21 Jul 2017 $175.00
Single Room (2 Nights) - Check-In Friday 8/4 , Check-out Sunday 8/6 21 Jul 2017 $120.00
Double Room (3 Nights) - Check-in Friday 8/4 , Check-out Monday 8/7 21 Jul 2017 $120.00
Double Room (2 Nights) - Check-in Friday 8/4, Check-out Sunday 8/6 21 Jul 2017 $85.00
Overnight Meal Plan 21 Jul 2017 $40.00
Commuter Meal Plan 21 Jul 2017 $16.00

04 Aug 2017 @ 9:00am MDT
06 Aug 2017 @ 5:00pm MDT

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