Why Diversity Matters

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Why does the Peace Corps care about diversity?

One of the goals of the Peace Corps is to help the people of other countries gain a better understanding of Americans and our multicultural society. To achieve this important goal, the Peace Corps works to ensure that the Volunteer corps reflects the extraordinary diversity of America, which has enriched and strengthened our country in countless ways. The Peace Corps actively recruits people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to best share the nation's greatest resource—its people—with the communities in which Volunteers serve around the globe.

The Peace Corps conducts a variety of activities to address questions and concerns specific to potential Volunteers of color. For example, Peace Corps recruiters at 11 regional offices regularly sponsor hundreds of events and general information sessions around the country for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color.

Each year, the Peace Corps sends thousands of citizens to live and work overseas, and since its establishment in 1961, people of color have played a central role in building the agency's great legacy of service. The Peace Corps is working to ensure that even more people of color can experience the opportunities for professional and personal growth that so often come with serving as a Volunteer. The Peace Corps offers an investment in your future and an opportunity for the experience of a lifetime.

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