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  • Sunday, May 22 - 05:00 PM

    TBD

    Join NOVARPCV for our quarterly gathering and potluck on Sunday, May 22 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Reston, VA.  We will meet both outside on a beautiful shaded patio and inside the home in Reston, Virginia, and enjoy conversation, food, and beverages.  If you feel comfortable sharing a potluck dish or beverage, please bring one.  

    After socializing and eating for about an hour we will share NOVARPCV announcements. We have a number of events coming up later in the year including the Multicultural Festival in September. 

    We will have a speaker to address the situation in Ukraine.  Ezra Casteel is a Ukraine RPCV who is a member of RPCV/Washington. He will be providing an update on the situation in Ukraine and sharing how Ukraine RPCVs are supporting Ukrainians and information on relief efforts and how NOVARPCV members can get involved.  

    Please RSVP going directly to the NOVA RPCV website here and clicking the "RSVP without logging in" button so we can have a count of attendees and you can receive the homeowner's address in Reston.  If you have a folding chair, please bring one since we may need it.

    We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

      Add to Calendar 05/22/2022 17:00:00 05/22/2022 20:00:00 America/New_York NOVA RPCV Spring Gathering & Potluck Check https://www.rpcvw.org/_nova_rpcv_spring_gathering_potluck for the latest info. Elaine Staab [email protected]
  • Peace Corps-RPCV Working Session on Sex- and Gender-Based Violence, May 26th 7-8:30 PM Eastern. RSVP for Zoom link. Agenda: Survivors' platform of demands & Peace Corps' roadmap. Moderated by Meisha Lerato Robinson, Founder & Chief Executive of Hope, I Am, We Are. Speakers: Da Shawnna Townsend, Director of the Office of Victim Advocacy; Dr. Darlene Grant, Special Advisor to the CEO of the Peace Corps; Kat Freeman, Youth Development Philippines 2018-2020. Co-Sponsored by: RPCV/W, BARPCV, and @Peace Corps HR 

    Register

    This will be a working session with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer community and the Peace Corps to collectively address/discuss improvements to Peace Corps' sex-and gender-based violence policies/approach
     
    Purpose: 
    • Provide an opportunity for RPCV sexual assault surivivors and activists to provide feedback on Peace Corps' roadmap directly to Peace Corps (gap analysis of recommendations vs. roadmap)
    • RPCV sexualt assault surivivors and activists share their recommendations pertaining to sex- and gender-based violence with Peace Corps
    • Center survivor voices in Peace Corps' current and future initiatives addressing sex-and gender-based violence
    • Create an opportunity for Peace Corps to hear the perspective of sexualt assault surivivors and activists
    Agenda
    • Welcome, Purpose, Agenda Overview (Meisha...5 mins)
    • Present RPCV Speaker(s) (Meisha..2 mins)
    • RPCV Community Presentation (15 mins)-steering committee member(s) present an overview of the recommendations
    • Present PC Speaker(s) (Meisha..2 mins)
    • Peace Corps Presentation (15 mins)-representative(s) of Peace Corps present an overview of the roadmap 
    • Present Breakout Session Goals (Meisha...5 mins)- using google docs or a virtual whiteboard, survivors and activists generate a list of what they appreciate about the PC roadmap and what is missing that they would like to advocate for
    • Present Session steering committee notetakers and Peace Corps listeners that will be in each room  (Meisha...5 mins) 
        • one PC listener and one steering committee note taker should be in each room
    • will have 2-4 rooms depending on the number of registrants
    • Breakout rooms (15 mins)
    • Group report outs (15 mins with 3 mins per group)
    • Panelist wrap up/closing question (10 mins): 
        • To the Steering Committee...What is the top priority change that the RPCV survivor community would like to see?
    • To Peace Corps panelists/listeners....What single key takeaway would the Peace Corps like the RPCV community to know? 
    • Thank you and next steps (Meisha...2 mins)
    Speaker Bios:
    Meisha Lerato Robinson
    Meisha Lerato Robinson is a soulpreneur committed to generating innovative and impactful changes in organizations and communities. With more than fifteen years of brand management and marketing strategy experience, she transitioned out of her career and into a life of social impact. Meisha Lerato is the Founder and Chief Executive of Hope of I Am, We Are (IAWA), a US and South Africa registered non-profit, dedicated to empowering youth across Africa and her diaspora with the tools to confidently own their futures.  Her experiences mentoring inner-city youth in the United States and working with youth while volunteering with the Peace Corps in Benin (2000-2002) and
    South Africa (2012), inspired her to start IAWA.  She realized youth across the African Diaspora were brimming with potential, but many lacked the support and resources to fulfill their dreams.  Meisha Lerato aspires to use her work and her walk to help heal the wounds that separate Africans and African Diasporans.  She received a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
    Darlene Grant
    Senior Advisor to the Director, Peace Corps
    In June 2020, Dr. Darlene Grant joined the Peace Corps Head Quarters Director’s Office as Senior Advisor. Dr. Grant served as Peace Corps Country Director in Kosovo from 2015 to 2019, and as Country Director in Mongolia from 2012 to 2015. From 2009-2011, she took a
    leave of absence from her tenured faculty position to serve in Cambodia’s 3rd Peace Corps Volunteer cohort as a TEFL English Teacher and Teacher Trainer.   
    After 10-years of social work practice in domestic violence shelters, drug rehab, and adolescent and adult psychiatric hospital facilities, Dr. Grant worked for 18-years as a professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. There she also served for five years as Associate Dean in the Office of Graduate Studies, overseeing university-wide recruitment for over 200 graduate degree programs. In this position she managed a multi-million dollar fellowship program, mandated with increasing the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in graduate degree programs. Dr. Grant taught graduate and undergraduate courses in social justice, clinical practice, research methodology, working with women with addiction and criminal justice involvement and at-risk youth. She has authored dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Grant was named 2006 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers.
    Da Shawnna R. Townsend
    Director, Peace Corps Office of Victim Advocacy
    Da Shawnna currently serves as the Director of the Peace Corps Office of Victim Advocacy where she leads a team that provides global
    advocacy and support to Peace Corps Volunteers who experience crimes during their service. Before joining the Peace Corps team, Da
    Shawnna had the privilege of working in many areas of sexual assault victim services; from providing direct victim support to program
    management. She served as the Implementation Program Manager for the United States Marine Corps Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program, where she was the chief subject matter expert on advocacy, training, and victim care. Previous to her work with the Marine Corps, Da Shawnna was as an Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator with the US Army for multiple installations. In her early career, she served as the Child Specialist at the Center for Sexual Assault Survivors in Newport News, Virginia.
    Kat Freeman
    Kat Freeman served in the Peace Corps - Philippines from 2018 - 2020. She additionally served as a Team Leader in AmeriCorps' National Civilian and Community Corps from 2020-2021. Currently, Kat works as a middle school math teacher in D.C. and plans to start her Masters in Social Work this upcoming fall. She currently serves as the Vice-President of RPCV/W. 
      Add to Calendar 05/26/2022 19:00:00 05/26/2022 20:30:00 America/New_York Peace Corps - RPCV Working Session: Sex and Gender Based Violence Check https://www.rpcvw.org/peace_corps_rpcv_working_session_sex_and_gender_based_violence for the latest info.
  • Join NOVA RPCV's on Sunday, May 29th(Memorial Day Weekend) for a bike ride on the C & O Canal from Georgetown to Old Angler's Inn (12 miles each way). We will meet at Georgetown Waterfront Park near the fountain and travel to Old Angler's Inn at milepost 12 on the C & O Canal. 

    All levels of bikers are welcome to join. More advanced riders can bike at a faster pace to the overlooks near Great Falls while beginners and intermediate bikers can travel at a more leisure pace. We will all meet at Old Angler's Inn for lunch on the patio at 1:00 pm. There will be a reservation under Peace Corps group. Those who do not want to bike the full round trip can consider having someone pick them up at Old Angler's Inn to transport them back or anyone is welcome to just meet us for lunch at Old Angler's and bike with us a bit around there. 

    This event will continue if there are rain showers as long as it is not an all day wash out. Be prepared in case it gets muddy. You also might want to consider bringing a bike lock so you can lock your bike outside the restaurant and also lock your bike if you travel to any of the overlooks.   

    If you have any questions ahead of time you can email [email protected];  if you have any problem locating us on the day of the bike ride you can call (703) 473-8660 .

    You may also invite friends and family to come along but please register so we know who and how many to expect. I will make a reservation for our group on the patio at Old Angler's Inn. To register click on the Attending button at the top of this announcement.

    Please RSVP going directly to the NOVA RPCV website here and clicking the "RSVP without logging in" button so we can have a count of attendees and you can receive the homeowner's address in Reston.  If you have a folding chair, please bring one since we may need it.

      Add to Calendar 05/29/2022 11:00:00 05/29/2022 15:00:00 America/New_York NOVA RPCV Bike Ride on the C & O Check https://www.rpcvw.org/nova_rpcv_bike_ride_on_the_c_o for the latest info. 3303 Water St NW, Washington , DC 20007, United States [email protected]
  • Wednesday, June 08 - 07:30 PM

    COME ON OUT TO THE DC BIKE PARTY PRIDE RIDE! 

    Meet on the North Side of the Fountain at Dupont Circle @730pm. Look for the white Peace Corps Flag. 

    From the webiste: DC Bike Party | Totally Spoked

    "The DC Bike Party is a monthly party ride around our Nation’s Capital. 

    The District’s biking community, much like the city itself, is growing rapidly. DC Bike Party’s goal is to be a positive part of this growth. Once a month we will explore the city via bicycle with a new route, a new playlist and a new post-ride bar. Everyone is welcome, and the ride is free. All post ride outings are 21+

    The DC Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a real cool time".

    Check out the Facebook Group too: DC Bike Party - Home | Facebook

    Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, RPCV/W will host three types of events: events open to all participants, events open to fully vaccinated participants, and virtual events, in addition to abiding by CDC recommendations and guidelines. If you are not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, we welcome you to continue to attend our virtual events. If you've recently been exposed, please follow CDC and local guidelines. RPCV/W aims to create an inclusive space for all RPCVs. If you feel like we are not living up to that standard, please connect with us through [email protected]

    NOTE: This is not an RPCV/W sponsored event. 

    RSVP   Add to Calendar 06/08/2022 19:30:00 06/08/2022 22:30:00 America/New_York DC BIKE PARTY JUNE-CELEBRATE PRIDE Check https://www.rpcvw.org/dc_bike_party_june-celebrate_pride for the latest info. Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States Brian Byrd [email protected] share
  • Let's all meet at DC Comedy Festival at Busboys and Poets on 14th for Happy Hour @6pm + the 4th Annual DC Comedy Festival which begins at 8:30pm. When you arrive please look for the Peace Corps Flag or contact the organizer.

    Please purchase tickets for $10-15 here.

     

    THE DC COMEDY FESTIVAL (From the website)

    The Festival is proud to spotlight the talent that lives and thrives in the DC metro area and to pay tribute to the scene that first gave laughs to Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Wanda Sykes. The Festival takes place in several clubs and venues across the District."

    Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, RPCV/W will host three types of events: events open to all participants, events open to fully vaccinated participants, and virtual events, in addition to abiding by CDC recommendations and guidelines. If you are not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, we welcome you to continue to attend our virtual events. If you've recently been exposed, please follow CDC and local guidelines. RPCV/W aims to create an inclusive space for all RPCVs. If you feel like we are not living up to that standard, please connect with us through [email protected]

    NOTE: This is not an RPCV/W sponsored event. 

    RSVP   Add to Calendar 06/15/2022 20:30:00 06/15/2022 23:30:00 America/New_York DC Comedy Festival at Busboys and Poets on 14th Check https://www.rpcvw.org/dc_comedy_festival_at_busboys_and_poets_on_14th for the latest info. 450 K St, Washington, DC 20001, United States Brian Byrd social[email protected] share
  • Thursday, June 16 - 05:30 PM

    Join us for the RPCV/W JUNE Happy Hour @ Wunder Garten starting at 5:00pm. Wunder Garten is a four (4) minute walk from the NOMA Metro Stop. Please look for the Peace Corps Flag. We will let the the host/hostess know where we are sitting so feel free to ask upon arrival. Hope to see you there!

    Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, RPCV/W will host three types of events: events open to all participants, events open to fully vaccinated participants, and virtual events, in addition to abiding by CDC recommendations and guidelines. If you are not vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, we welcome you to continue to attend our virtual events. If you've recently been exposed, please follow CDC and local guidelines. RPCV/W aims to create an inclusive space for all RPCVs. If you feel like we are not living up to that standard, please connect with us through [email protected]

     

    RSVP   Add to Calendar 06/16/2022 17:30:00 06/16/2022 22:30:00 America/New_York RPCV/W June Happy Hour!!! Check https://www.rpcvw.org/rpcv_w_june_happy_hour for the latest info. 1101 FIRST St NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States Brian Byrd [email protected] share
  • Saturday, June 25 - 08:00 AM through June 26, 2022

    RSVP Limit
    TBD

    If you love camping and biking this might be the greatest event since the serving of sliced bread! We will be going on a Bikepacking Trip of epic proportions. We will be Bikepacking Montgomery County. Here is very detailed information about the route. The route will cover 125 miles of mostly unpaved trail and involve camping out in Little Bennet State Park in Maryland. This is a difficulty rating of 4/10 and is mostly flat. We will stay together. There will be no need to rush. The campground is only an hour from DC so we will have a car on standby if we need stuff dropped off or if anything comes up. Also, on the second day if necessary participants can grab the last stop on the Red line and this will shave 34 miles off of the trip. Here is a nice resource for Bikepacking 101. We will have a virtual or in person planning meeting for this event early June. I will keep you posted.

    Please sign up for this event only if you are a 100% committed due to challenging logistics. This event is capped at 15 people. If you are want to go but don't have the right gear or bike please email me and we can figure it out. We will be sharing a lot of the same gear like tents, stove, etc. 

    Here is a tentative itinerary (Subject to change):

    Saturday, June 25th (Approx. 60 miles): [There will be car w/bike rack on standby at all times in case we need assistance]

    8am: Depart from Georgetown

    8am-2pm: Lots of stops for snacks, photos, nature viewing, and lunch. 

    2pm-4pm: Arrive at Little Bennett State Park Campground

    4pm-Evening: Explore Park, Chill, Play Games, Eat Dinner 


    Sunday, June 26th (Approx. 60 miles): [There will be car w/bike rack on standby at all times in case we need assistance]

    8am-Wake up 

    9am-Depart Campground

    9am-2pm: Lots of stops for snacks, photos, nature viewing, and lunch. (If necessary participants can bike to Shady Grove Metro stop which will shave off 34 miles)

    3pm-5pm-Arrive in DC.

    Grab celebratory drinks!!!

     

    RSVP   Add to Calendar 06/25/2022 08:00:00 06/26/2022 20:00:00 America/New_York Weekend Bikepacking Trip 2022 Check https://www.rpcvw.org/weekend_bikepacking_trip_2022 for the latest info. Brian Byrd [email protected] share