Interview with Whitney Brown, August 14, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project

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This is the first of two interviews conducted with Whitney Brown for the Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. [Part two available here] Whitney Brown studied at Virginia Commonwealth University for her B.A. in sociology and criminal justice and at SUNY/Binghamton for her M.A. in social work. She had 10+ years of work experience with non-profits engaged in social services for youth and families, supporting individual needs to macro level policy work. Whitney’s passion for assisting the marginalized made Peace Corps a natural fit. The seven-month application process was particularly stressful. She accepted her first choice of Botswana, working in youth development. Pre-Service Training provided the foundation to continue learning during service. She was assigned to a middle school in Kanye, 45 minutes from the capitol. She worked with the guidance counselor presenting a life skills program for students. She created a supplemental program providing support and resources for students struggling academically. Whitney’s Botswana catchphrase became, “I am me because of we.” She discusses her evacuation because of COVID-19. Whitney also talks about diversity in the Peace Corps as an African American Volunteer.

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2020oh0380_pcev0038

Interviewee Name

Whitney Brown

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Randolph A. Adams

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2020-08-14

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Brown, Whitney Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 14 Aug. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Brown, W. (2020, August 14). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Brown, Whitney, interview by Randolph A. Adams. August 14, 2020, Peace Corps: Evacuated Peace Corps Volunteers Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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