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  • 15 Sep 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Museum of the Peace Corps Experience presents a virtual screening, “A Towering Task: The Story of The Peace Corps," narrated by actress Annette Bening.

    View more details about this riveting documentary HERE

    Tickets may be purchase for $10 from Cinema 21, Portland, Oregon via First Run Features.
    Proceeds from sales will fund Museum exhibits for Peace Corps 60th Anniversary.

    The film may be viewed beginning now through September 30, 2020
    Order your ticket HERE

    The Museum will host a Panel on September 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm PT (8 pm ET). Panel includes the film’s
    award-winning Producer Alana DeJoseph, (Mali 1992 - 1994) and National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
    President Glenn Blumhorst (Guatemala 1988-1991).


    Click to register for the Panel. MARK YOUR CALENDAR for September 30, 5:00 pm PT (8 pm ET).

  • 13 Sep 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Annual Board Elections

    SEAPAX's annual board elections are now underway.  All SEAPAX members are eligible to vote.  If you are not a SEAPAX member, please join today, which you can do here

     

    Click HERE FOR BALLOT.

    Candidate biographies can be found HERE.

     

    Voting will officially close at 5pm on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020. Results will be announced in the October e-newsletter and will also be posted on FB and the SEAPAX website.

     

    We appreciate your participation, and if you have any questions, please contact us at info@seapax.org

  • 06 Aug 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Remote Remedial Project Manager with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 

    ***HIRING NOW: Deadline to Apply August 7, 2020****

    https://www.peacecorps.gov/returned-volunteers/careers/career-link/life-scientistphysical-scientistenvironmental-engineer-remedial-project-manager-gs-040113010819-0709-2/

    There are currently have two (2) vacancies open to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with NCE, both of which are Life Scientist/Physical Scientist/Environmental Engineer (Remedial Project Manager) positions in our Superfund and Emergency Management Division (SEMD). As has been the case since 1994, remote work (telework) is an option and, whereas many federal agencies have struggled with their virtual onboarding, the EPA, through its telework program, has continued to hire and onboard new employees throughout the COVID19 pandemic.

  • 30 Jul 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    SEAPAX Annual Board Elections

    Our annual Board elections are right around the corner, and we are currently looking for candidates who would like to take on leadership roles.  ALL SEAPAX members are eligible to run.

    Voting will begin on September 7th and run through the end of the month for the following 2021 Board positions:

     

    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Director-At-Large (up to six)

     

    If you are interested in any of these elected positions or would like to nominate someone, please submit the following information to info@seapax.org by no later than August 31st: nominee’s name, position of interest, and brief biography of nominee (examples of biographies can be found here).

     

    If you’d like to learn more about any of these positions please email us at: info@seapax.org

  • 16 Jul 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    SEAPAX is excited to announce its accreditation as federally recognized 501(c)(3) Charitable Non-Profit.

    The SEAPAX Board spent a year evaluating this change and last January approved changes to our by-laws allowing us to apply for this accreditation. Our new status allows for tax deductible: bequests, gifts and donations, retroactively starting April 20, 2020.

    Therefore, membership and Towering Task donations made on or after April 20, 2020 are now considered tax deductible. SEAPAX will work to maximize our new status to strengthen our mission to the RPCV community and the organizations we support. 

  • 07 Jul 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    We, the SEAPAX Board, released a statement on 6 June in support of Black members of our Peace Corps community to affirm that Black Lives Matter, recognize past and present harm, and create awareness around areas of complacency in our community.  

    A group of SEAPAX Board members met in June to begin an ongoing conversation around racial justice, privilege awareness, and awareness of colonialist legacies along with current forms of imperialism. We would like to be transparent about our path forward. Our goal is to create change both internally as a Board and externally in our Peace Corps community. We are still working through what these changes will be and how we will put them into action.

    Potential steps discussed included: 

    • Creating a Diversity & Inclusion Chair
    • Creating a Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • Offering anti-racism training to the SEAPAX community
    • Offering awareness training around privilege and forms of supremacy
    • Weaving awareness into planned events on a consistent basis
    • Promoting opportunities to intentionally ensure support for Black Americans and other underrepresented groups interested in Peace Corps service

    We are also asking for your help. We would like to seek input from you, our SEAPAX community, on how we can best use our role as an RPCV group and an NPCA affiliate to promote inclusivity and anti-racism in our community. Please visit our Facebook group to join the discussion. If you would like to send feedback and/or suggestions anonymously, please use this form.

    Finally, we would like to acknowledge that this process was ignited by recent police brutality and the increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. We aim for our next steps to support Black (R)PCVs, and further equity in our broader Peace Corps community.

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    We, the SEAPAX Board, released a statement on 6 June in support of Black members of our Peace Corps community to affirm that Black Lives Matter, recognize past and present harm, and create awareness around areas of complacency in our community.  

    A group of SEAPAX Board members met in June to begin an ongoing conversation around racial justice, privilege awareness, and awareness of colonialist legacies along with current forms of imperialism. We would like to be transparent about our path forward. Our goal is to create change both internally as a Board and externally in our Peace Corps community. We are still working through what these changes will be and how we will put them into action.

    Potential steps discussed included: 

    • Creating a Diversity & Inclusion Chair
    • Creating a Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • Offering anti-racism training to the SEAPAX community
    • Offering awareness training around privilege and forms of supremacy
    • Weaving awareness into planned events on a consistent basis
    • Promoting opportunities to intentionally ensure support for Black Americans and other underrepresented groups interested in Peace Corps service

    We are also asking for your help. We would like to seek input from you, our SEAPAX community, on how we can best use our role as an RPCV group and an NPCA affiliate to promote inclusivity and anti-racism in our community. Please comment on this post to join the discussion. If you would like to send feedback and/or suggestions anonymously, please use this form.

    Finally, we would like to acknowledge that this process was ignited by recent police brutality and the increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement. We aim for our next steps to support Black (R)PCVs, and further equity in our broader Peace Corps community.

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  • 04 Jul 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

     

    In order for us to better understand how our RPCV community can help respond to the COVID-19 crisis on a local and potential national level, SEAPAX would like interested individuals to complete a short (< 2-minute) survey found here.

  • 04 Jul 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    SEAPAX Annual Board Elections

    Our annual Board elections are right around the corner, and we are currently looking for candidates who would like to take on leadership roles.  ALL SEAPAX members are eligible to run.

    Voting will begin on September 7th and run through the end of the month for the following 2021 Board positions:

    ·       President

    ·       Vice President

    ·       Secretary

    ·       Treasurer

    ·       Director-At-Large (up to six)

    If you are interested in any of these elected positions or would like to nominate someone, please submit the following information to info@seapax.org by no later than August 31st: nominee’s name, position of interest, and brief biography of nominee (examples of biographies can be found here).

     

    If you’d like to learn more about any of these positions please email us at: info@seapax.org.

     

  • 04 Jul 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Peace Corps Response Openings

    Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world.  The earliest departure date of current postings is January 2021, and openings are subject to change.

  • 15 Jun 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Virtual Screening of A Towering Task

    We are excited to announce that SEAPAX will be hosting a virtual screening of the movie A Towering Task! This is a documentary film that tells the Peace Corps story through powerful interviews with host country nationals, volunteers and staff, and scholars and journalists who put the story of the Peace Corps into context. Voices from all over the world share not only the work and impact, but also the challenges, of half a century of peacebuilding and diplomacy.  You can find more information about the movie here.

    On the day of the screening, we will also be hosting a question and answer session with the director of the film, Alana DeJoseph.  Alana is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Mali 1992-1994).

     

    The film will be made available to stream for FREE on an UNLIMITED viewing basis on the day of the event for registered participants.  You are encouraged to invite friends and family to register for this event so they can watch the film and learn more about the Peace Corps.   

     

     

    Date: Saturday, July 18th

    Time: Streaming available from 9a to 11:59p. A question and answer session with Alana DeJoseph will begin at 6p.         

    Streaming & Video-Conference Access: At 9a on the day of the event, registrants will be sent an email that contains a link and a password to stream the video on the Vimeo platform.  The email will also provide details on how to access and participate in the Zoom video-conference with Alana DeJoseph.

    Costs/Registration: All participants are expected to register for this event through the SEAPAX website, which can be done here.  There is no required cost to view the film, but there will be options to donate to SEAPAX to help support our activities and events.    

  • 15 Jun 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Seattle and King County RPCV COVID-19 Contact Tracers

    In response to the current pandemic, and to the economic hardships facing recently evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers, members of SEAPAX have been in touch with local public health officials to explore how RPCVs can support contact tracing as part of the nationwide response to COVID-19.  

    King County's Department of Public Health is currently offering several paid, short term temporary positions that require the kind of language and cross-cultural communications skills at which RPCVs excel. (There is particular demand for Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali speakers.) Positions are home-based, with a minimum of 20 hours per week and involve conducting in-depth interviews with confirmed cases and follow up with their contacts.

    In order for us to better understand how our RPCV community can help respond to the COVID-19 crisis on a local and potential national level, SEPAX would like interested individuals to complete a short (< 2-minute) survey found here.

    For specific Public Health – Seattle & King County job information regarding contact tracing, please click here

  • 15 Jun 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Survey for Evacuated Return Peace Corps Volunteers


    The NPCA is offering a lot of great national transition & career resources, and SEAPAX wants to know what we can do at the local level to support you, too.

    Please fill out this 2-minute survey.

  • 07 Jun 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Dear SEAPAX members,

    We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. As RPCVs, we have all served our country to foster peace around our world. But peace is merely an empty concept without justice. The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have highlighted persistent racial injustice during a time when a global pandemic is disproportionally harming the Black community.

    Black Lives Matter.

    To our Black RPCVs and community: we recognize the weight of these recent deaths, ongoing police brutality, and deep systemic racism. We recognize the struggles Black PCVs endure daily in their effort to promote peace. We recognize significant work is necessary to combat racial injustice, and we will strive to do this work through listening, learning, and action.

    In solidarity,

    The SEAPAX Board

  • 28 May 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    SEAPAX-Sponsored Screening of A Towering Task

    SEAPAX is thinking about hosting a virtual screening of Alana DeJoseph's film A Towering Task. The proposed dates are in mid-July, during the time when the PCC2020 Conference was going to be held.

    If you could complete a short survey, this will help us decide how best to move forward with a potential screening.  The survey will close on 6/7/2020.

    We thank you in advance for your participation! 

  • 28 May 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    General and COVID-19 Specific Resources

    Transitioning from Peace Corps to life at home can be challenging and stressful under the best circumstances, and being evacuated in the midst of a global-pandemic can present many other difficulties. The following resources were compiled to assist evacuated and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. We will be updating this page with additional information often.

    National Peace Corps Association Resources for
    EvacueesWe will be updating this page with additional information often.

    National Peace Corps Association Resources for Evacuees

    NPCA Global Reentry Program | Connect with RPCVs, steps to begin your transition, health & wellbeing, jobs & careers, webinars, scholarships, continued service opportunities.

    Covid–19 Resources Washington State

    Health and Wellness

    • Therapist/Counseling Resources available to RPCVs
      Low cost or no cost. Evacuees are encouraged to contact their SEAPAX mentor (or a board member) for the contact information (for yourself or fellow RPCV) for confidential counseling via Teledoc. (With or without a 127A form.)

    • Online Resources Compiled by Health Resource Partners  | Education, college students, mental health, meditation and yoga, fitness and dance, fun for kids, virtual tours and live theatre, and more

    • Career + Life Coaching for RPCVs – 1:1 or small group | Online resources for how to have a fulfilling life after Peace Corps, 1:1 and small group virtual coaching (limited space) (Life coach is a former PCV and offers online resources, virtual coaching for individuals, and virtual small group coaching.)


    Employment Resources 


    Graduate Schools with Benefits for RPCVs

    • SIT Graduate Institute
      We currently offer the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Scholarship to returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), which has a benefit of 25% off tuition and can be used towards any of our master’s degree programs. We are now increasing this scholarship to 35% off tuition for spring returnees who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The benefit is valid for two years, starting in fall 2020.

    • Syracuse University
      The Syracuse University - Maxwell School is offering Peace Corps Volunteers who have been recalled due to the global health crisis caused by COVID-19 the opportunity to apply for 2020 admission to the #1-ranked MPA program and the MA in International Relations. Qualified students applying by May 15, 2020 will have the $75 application fee waived, the GRE requirement waived, and students accepted to the program will be awarded a 50% tuition scholarship. Email paia@maxwell.syr.edu with subject line “Peace Corps Offer” and we will send you the information on how to apply.

    • Clark University: https://gradstudies.clarku.edu/returned-peace-corps-volunteers
      Clark University Graduate Studies is offering specific support for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who apply to Clark IDCE master's degree programs for Summer or Fall 2020 study, making it possible to get your advanced degree by 2021.
      Clark University’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE) offers degree programs specially designed to cross boundaries and address major social and environmental justice issues facing the world today. With a flexible, interdisciplinary, and practice-oriented curriculum, our programs allow you to pursue your passion by giving you the skills and experience to make an immediate impact by crafting solutions for the challenges facing our world.

    • Washington State Graduate School Information
      Evan’s School of Public Policy and Governance- recruitment email evansadm@uw.edu

  • 28 May 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

     

    Would you like to get more involved with SEAPAX and with our local RPCV community?  There is no better way to do this than to serve on our Board.  The following are non-elected board positions that we would like to fill immediately:

    Communications/Membership Chair

    If you are interested or would like to learn more about any of these positions, please contact us at info@seapax.org.

  • 28 May 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    New Book Published by Local RPCV (Susan E. Greisen, Liberia 1971-1973; Tonga 1973-1974)

    In Search of Pink Flamingos is a story of a young woman who defies her parents’ demands to become a farmer's wife. At age nineteen, with a suitcase full of farm-smarts and a license to be a practical nurse, Susan joins the Peace Corps in Africa. She meets multiple challenges in her remote Liberian village and falls short of her unrealistic goals. An interracial romance further aggravates her parents who eventually disown her. When Susan finds the pink flamingos, she discovers what she had been searching for all along. Her journey is one of passion, strength and finding forgiveness and unconditional love.

    More information of Susan’s memoir, how you can purchase the book, and contact information can be found at susangreisen.com

  • 28 May 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

     

    SIT Graduate Institute

    We currently offer the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Scholarship to returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), which has a benefit of 25% off tuition and can be used towards any of our master’s degree programs. We are now increasing this scholarship to 35% off tuition for spring returnees who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The benefit is valid for two years, starting in fall 2020.

    Clark University

    Clark University Graduate Studies is offering specific support for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who apply to Clark IDCE master's degree programs for Summer or Fall 2020 study, making it possible to get your advanced degree by 2021.

     

  • 27 May 2020 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Please join us for another virtual book club on Google (fingers crossed the August meeting can be in person!)

    Sunday, June 14 4-5 pm (NOTE: start time pushed back an hour but end time is the same)

    What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversations About Race in America - Michael Eric Dyson

    Google link: meet.google.com/cjs-bviv-jvo

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