Partners of the Americas, the International Volunteering Project at Brookings, and the Building Bridges Coalition will host the 2009 Higher Education & International Volunteer Service Conference on November 12-13, 2009 in Washington, D.C.  The conference will drive efforts for assessing and influencing national policies related to service, study abroad programs and service learning, and citizen diplomacy. 

The first day of the conference will conclude with a special Capitol Hill Reception in the Hart Senate Office Building hosted by Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.). The reception will celebrate international volunteer service and recognize legislative leaders for their contributions.

WHO:  Partners of the Americas, the International Volunteering Project at Brookings, and the Building Bridges Coalition.

Invited speakers include: Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.); Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio); Judith McHale, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy; Aaron Williams, Director, Peace Corps ; John Bridgeland, President and CEO, Civic Enterprises; Senator Harris Wofford, former senator from Pennsylvania;  Ann Schodde , President and CEO, U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy; Vic Johnson,  Senior Advisor, Public Policy, NAFSA: Association of International Educators; and Steve Rosenthal, Chair, Building Bridges Coalition and Founder, Executive Director, Cross Cultural Solutions.

WHAT: The 2009 Higher Education & International Volunteer Service Conference, and Capitol Hill Reception hosted by Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.).

WHEN: The Conference will take place November 12-13, 2009; the Capitol Hill Reception will be held the evening of November 12, 2009 from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:  The Conference will take place at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001. The Capitol Hill Reception will be held at the Hart Senate Office Building.

For more information regarding event details or media requests, please contact Amy Cantu at (202) 973-1325 or acantu@levick.com.

PeaceCorpsWorldWide will be at this event and we will report on it on our website.