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Peace Corps Partners with MAOL

St. Catherine will become the first university in Minnesota to offer a graduate Peace Corps Fellows/USA program through the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL). Beginning in fall 2011, Peace Corps volunteers
can receive a graduate fellowship that offers financial assistance to complete the program.

Becoming a Peace Corps partner is a highly competitive process. St. Catherine will join the 32 existing Fellows/USA programs in business development across the country at institutions such as Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, Duke,
Johns Hopkins, the University of Michigan and Yale.

Through the combination of their Peace Corps experience and MAOL's leadership education, fellows will be prepared for a wide array of professional work — directing homeless shelters or arts organizations, addressing disparities
in access to healthcare among populations, shaping corporate responsibility in global companies, pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities, tackling public policy issues and addressing the challenges facing Minnesota's underserved communities.

Hands-on experience is a major component of the fellowship. In addition to their graduate studies, Fellows will complete a leadership-related internship in
an underserved community. The MAOL program has cultivated community partnerships with leading nonprofits where fellows, and other MAOL students, can conduct action-based research or internships. The partners include the Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Minnesota Council of Churches' refugee services program, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Minnesota
International Center and Women Venture. St. Kate's will also collaborate with Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, a support group for more than 400 former Peace Corps workers.


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For more information, contact program coordinator Dr. Rebecca Hawthorne
at rkhawthorne@stkate.edu
or 651-690-6838.