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Programs and Speakers

RPCVs of NENY normally has a meeting every month (typically on the second Tuesday). At these meetings, the members discuss business items and then there is a presentation on a topic, organization, project or important work being done locally, nationally or internationally. Recent RPCVs will give presentations at the meetings and share their Peace Corps experience. Members of RPCVs of NENY give presentations on current projects and organizations that they are involved in and founded. RPCVs of NENY also organizes events/programs other than the monthly meetings. These can include fundraisers for specific projects, RPCV panels for college students, summer picnics for RPCVs and family, welcome home/send off events for PCVs, RPCVs and soon-to-be PCVs. See below a list of past speakers and events:

  • Rifat Filkins, the Executive Director of RISSE (Refugee Immigrant Support Service)
  • Ellie von Wellsheim, Founder and Executive Director of the MoonCatcher Project
  • Peace Corps event at Union College and RPCV virtual panel for Union College students
  • MoonBee organized by RPCVs of NENY- fundraiser for the MoonCatcher Project
  • 2020 evacuated RPCV shared her story and experience during a virtual meeting
  • Racey Henderson (RPCV Mauritania), started Ndara in Central African Republic
  • Kevin Ryterski and Stephen McBay ( RPCVs Paraguay), co-founders of Artezanz
  • RPCVs from the CDC-Atlanta Malaria Branch and CDC-Atlanta Global Rapid Response Team for COVID-19 and a RPCV who is a UAlbany MPH and infectious disease nurse spoke about being on the frontline of COVID-19
  • Presentation on the current challenges facing international students during COVID-19 by RPCV Michael Elliott, PhD, Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the Center for International Education and Global Strategy at UAlbany
  • RPCV panel at UAlbany’s Peace Corps Prep “Global Career Networking” event at UAlbany
  • Kadambari Narendran, creator of Kai Rassi, which creates vocational art programmes and spaces for differently-abled artists, helping them make, market and earn an income from their original artworks.
  • Shilpa Darivemula, who is the creator of the Aseemkala Initiative which works to create dialogue between traditional dance and medicine.