Interview with Marjorie Cassaro, September 11, 2020

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

Interview Summary

Marjorie Cassaro’s parents were academics and exposed her to many life experiences, including at the age of 11 a clip of JFK’s speech at the University of Michigan about what became the Peace Corps. She knew then she wanted to join. However, after graduation from the University of Louisville in business, she didn’t follow through until she was39 years of age. She was assigned to an NGO providing micro loans and consulting to aspiring entrepreneurs. She had about 20 clients. She worked with both individuals and women’s groups. She also started an afterschool program: one for boys and another for girls. She mentored them 5 days a week in: leadership, critical thinking, TEFL, math, and business. She was delighted when one of the boys claimed that her house was “The House of Learning”. Her Peace Corps experience influenced her towards more civic engagement by promoting social change through art!

Interview Accession

2020oh0438_pcrv0031

Interviewee Name

Marjorie Cassaro

Interviewer Name

Radnolph R. Adams

Interview Date

2020-09-11

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Cassaro, Marjorie Interview by Radnolph R. Adams. 11 Sep. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cassaro, M. (2020, September 11). Interview by R. R. Adams. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cassaro, Marjorie, interview by Radnolph R. Adams. September 11, 2020, 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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