Peace Corps official to speak at Auburn University on benefits of international experiences

AUBURN – The director of special initiatives for the Peace Corps, Kyo “Paul” Jhin, will speak at Auburn University on Friday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in 1203 Haley Center.

Jhin, who received a doctorate in mathematics education from Auburn University’s College of Education, will speak on the subject of how international volunteer service can help create more well-rounded students and educators.

In his current position, Jhin is the Peace Corps’ liaison to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Department of States’ Inter-Agency Working Group, and the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Office. From 2002-2007, he served as the Peace Corps Director of Office of Planning, Policy and Analysis.

Prior to the Peace Corps appointment, he served as the Director of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Los Angeles, and served as Commissioner of the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

Jhin’s visit to Auburn University coincides with the College of Education’s efforts to expand its international presence and create additional teaching, research and service-learning opportunities for students and faculty.

Since 1961, more than 195,000 Peace Corps volunteers have lived and worked in 138 developing countries around the world. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years old and must also be willing to serve a 27-month commitment.

Auburn’s College of Education maintains a worldwide presence through the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching program. The Consortium is open to all College of Education students in teacher certification and provides an opportunity for completing internship requirements in Australia, The Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Switzerland. Service-learning opportunities are also available in Costa Rica, Australia, South Korea and Guatemala. The college is exploring opportunities in Russia and Hungary.

Jhin has also served as executive assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and assistant superintendent for Educational Technology in the District of Columbia Public School system. He was awarded “One of the Four Outstanding Young Educators of America, 1969” by the United States Jaycees, after he received “Alabama’s Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, 1969” by the Alabama Jaycees. At that time, he was serving as the Coordinator of Mathematics for Huntsville City Public Schools, Alabama.

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