URI Peace Corps graduates to share experiences at panel discussion

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHAT: Four returned Peace Corps volunteers, three of whom are University of Rhode Island graduates, will share their experiences about life in the Peace Corps while serving in Peru, Rwanda and the Philippines in a panel discussion sponsored by the URI Peace Corps Prep Program.

WHO: Caroline Burns, Class of 2015: Burns, a College of Nursing graduate, served in Rwanda from 2016 to 2018 as a maternal and child health volunteer. “An advisor [at URI] was discussing why we should serve overseas while there are so many people we could help in our own country. He quoted something to the effect that you must serve where the need is greatest and where you can make the most change,” Burns said in an interview with QuadAngles in 2017.

Kevin Drumm, Class of 2015: A graduate of the URI College of Engineering, Drumm taught English and worked in water sanitation and hygiene in Peru from 2016 to 2018.

Su Rubinoff, Class of 1976: Rubinoff served as a rural bank worker helping rural farmers acquire loans, and worked on local cooperative extension projects in the Philippines from 1976 to 1978. He graduated from the University with a degree in animal science and natural resources.

Emily McGinnis: After graduating from Georgetown University in 2011 with a degree in international politics, McGinnis served as the youth development facilitator in Peru from 2012 to 2016.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Swan Hall Auditorium, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, 02881

HOW: Press is invited to attend the panel discussion. Panelists will be available for questions at the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: David Lavallee, 401-874-5862 or Nancy Stricklin, 401-874-7113.