Interview with Byron L. Williams, August 20, 2021

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Byron L. Williams volunteered in the Peace Corps twice and also was a staff member. He served in Lesotho, 2003-2005, working in Youth in Development; Ukraine (with his wife), 2011-2013, working in Education; and as a staff member in New York City and Washington, D.C., 2014-2019, working in recruitment. In Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho, Williams felt he was fully accepted into the community when he gained facility with the national language, Sesotho. This broadened many people’s perception of what a “real” American was. In Lviv, Ukraine, Williams taught English language and culture to university students and created instructor-focused capacity-building programs. After gaining his community’s trust, people loved learning about him and his wife as Black Americans. As a diversity outreach specialist with the Peace Corps, Williams focused on under-represented groups and increasing focused recruitment around intersectionality. He views Peace Corps service as a job first, a responsibility, and an opportunity for professional development internationally and meaningful cultural exchange.

Interview Accession

2021oh0791_pcrv0368

Interviewee Name

Byron L. Williams

Interviewer Name

Joyce L. Jenkins

Interview Date

2021-08-20

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Williams, Byron L. Interview by Joyce L. Jenkins. 20 Aug. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Williams, B.L. (2021, August 20). Interview by J. L. Jenkins. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Williams, Byron L., interview by Joyce L. Jenkins. August 20, 2021, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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