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  • 20 Sep 2022 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    SEAPAX Annual Board Elections

    Annual Board elections will take place online in October, and we have a number of key
    leadership opportunities to serve in 2023.
    • President
    • Vice-president
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer (requires special on-boarding in December 2022)
    • Director-at-Large, supporting Service (up to 3)
    • Director-at-Large, supporting Events (up to 3)

    Elected positions serve one-year terms, January 1, 2023-December 31, 2023, * and all SEAPAX
    members are eligible to run.


    If you are interested in an elected position, or would like to nominate someone, please submit
    the following information to info@seapax.org by September 30.
    • Nominee’s name
    • Nominee’s country and years of Peace Corps service
    • Position of interest
    • Brief biography of nominee (find examples here).
    Find a more detailed description of elected Board positions on our website.

    Open Non-Elected Board Positions
    Would you like to get more involved with SEAPAX and our local RPCV community?
    There is no better way to do so than to serve on our Board. We are looking to fill the following
    non-elected Board position immediately:
    • Communications Chair (produces monthly Newsletter)
    • Mentorship Chair
    • Webmaster
    We also have openings on various committees that do not require Board membership. If you
    are interested and/or would like to learn more, please email info@seapax.org

  • 24 Jun 2022 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    This summer and fall, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience will host a West Coast exhibit celebrating 60 years as seen through Peace Corps posters. The posters may be viewed from July 10 to October 16, 2022, at ArtReach Gallery on the Park Blocks in Portland, Oregon. 

    We would like to invite you to the Exhibit Preview on Saturday, July 9, 5 – 8 pm PT. To receive details about the event, sign up for Museum membership (it’s free). The Museum will co-host the exhibit and related events with ArtReach Gallery and Portland Peace Corps Association. 

    Every dollar makes a difference. Show your support for the exhibit by making a small donation of $25, $50, or $100 by clicking the "Donate" button on the Museum website.

    The Museum of the Peace Corps Experience was founded by Portland Peace Corps Association in 2000. Through its first decade, we hosted exhibits in the Portland area, including a major 50th-anniversary exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in 2011. In 2016, we expanded to a national initiative and we are proud to celebrate another Peace Corps anniversary — the 60th — in Portland.

    Peace Corps posters have become icons of global citizenship and adventuresome Volunteers. 

    Please join Patricia Wand (Colombia 1963–65) and Nicola Dino (Ecuador 1994–97) and Co-chairs, Museum of the Peace Corps Experience to meet Peace Corps friends at ArtReach Gallery in Portland between July 10 and October 16, 2022.

     

  • 13 May 2022 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    **Registration closed. We have reached capacity for this event**

     

    Thursday, June 9, 2022

    5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PT

    Tiki Lounge at Eastlake Bar & Grill

    2947 Eastlake Avenue East

    Seattle, WA 98102

     

    Come Together... to hear inspiring stories from fellow RPCVs!

    Come Together... to celebrate Peace Corps' return to service overseas!

    Come Together... to relish meeting in person after a very long time!

    Come Together... to express solidarity with our friends and communities in Ukraine!

     

    Everyone is welcome, bring a friend!

    Tickets: $15.00 per person, includes light buffet

     

    Your donation of an additional $5.00-$10.00 will help cover actual event costs

    and support future programming.

     

  • 05 Feb 2022 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    Join our Events Team!

    One of the biggest surprises of the pandemic may be how quickly we adapted to remote work and meetings. Going into year three of restricted gatherings, we want your help to create and deliver a variety of live and virtual events for our RPCV community.
    Email info@seapax.org

  • 04 Feb 2022 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    In this session, SEAPAX board members Kenney Tran and Jerome Siangco, veteran Peace Corp volunteers in Colombia and China, respectively, will share their stories on why they became Peace Corps volunteers and offer some of their lessons learned during their service. The two will also provide their perspectives on volunteering for the Peace Corps during the global pandemic.
     

    • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
      6:30 PM
      Zoom link will be sent out once your registration is received

     

    ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

     

    KENNEY TRAN is a current candidate in the Master of Public Administration program at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. He spent two years as a community economic development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Colombia. His areas of focus within Colombia were gender and racial equity, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and small business development. Tran has also spent time working in the fields of higher education at Merrimack College, his alma mater, as well as public health and non-profit work through an anti-racist lens at Better Health Together and #IAMNotAVirus. Tran remains involved with Peace Corps endeavors on both national and local levels via the National RPCV Racial Justice Initiative as well as The Colombia Project. 

     

    JEROME SIANGCO is a project associate for Next Generation programs and outreach at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Siangco served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Guizhou Province of China where he worked on education development and cultural exchanges. Siangco’s primary role was working with faculty and students at Liupanshui Normal University, here he was selected as a Peace Corps security warden, peer support advisor, and in-service trainer. He currently serves on the board of the Seattle Area Peace Corps Association where he directs the nonprofit's advocacy efforts, working with Washington state legislators to support Peace Corps legislation. Jerome has a master’s in International Policy and Development, graduating with Distinction from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from the College of the Holy Cross.

     

    The session will be moderated by Mariam Anderson, who has served for many years as a board member for the World Affairs Council of Tacoma.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Your Zoom link for this event is contained in your confirmation email.

     

     

     

    For more information and to register, visit: https://www.wactacoma.com/event-4674085

     

  • 28 Jan 2022 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    2022 SEAPAX BOOK CLUB

    Meeting time:  3PM - 5PM 
    Dates:   February 13  (April 10, June 12, August 14, and October 9).

    Questions or to join, contact: SEAPAXbooks1@gmail.com

    Sunday, February 13, 3-5 PM

    Virtual - email SEAPAXbooks1@gmail.com to be added to the Book Club invitations.

    The Shadow of the Sun

    by Ryszard Kapuściński, Klara Glowczewska (Translator) (non-fiction)

     

     In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that followed liberation. Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans, wanders the Sahara with nomads, and lives in the poverty-stricken slums of Nigeria. He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria. What emerges is an extraordinary depiction of Africa--not as a group of nations or geographic locations--but as a vibrant and frequently joyous montage of peoples, cultures, and encounters. Kapuscinski's trenchant observations, wry analysis and overwhelming humanity paint a remarkable portrait of the continent and its people. His unorthodox approach and profound respect for the people he meets challenge conventional understandings of the modern problems faced by Africa today.