Jan 18, 2007    #002
Contact: Nick Barron

Cookingham Institute unveils new Peace Corps initiative

Beginning in the Winter Semester 2007, the L. P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration introduces a Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program specifically for returned Peace Corps volunteers.

The UMKC program applies to Peace Corps volunteers who have worked in a community building field and want to translate their skills to work with communities in the United States, particularly those in the urban core. The program is one of only six Peace Corps Fellows public administration programs in the country.

“Peace Corps volunteers are adept at working in arduous conditions with limited resources, much like the underserved communities of the urban core of Kansas City where they will be interning while a full-time student,” Liana Riesinger, program coordinator, said. “What makes our program unique is the synergy in Kansas City between public, nonprofit and private sectors.”

Participants in the program will benefit from the following:
- Six credit hours tuition remission per semester
- $10,000 work stipend (paid internships in community building organizations such as nonprofits, community development corporations, state and local government agencies, and health service organizations)
- Opportunities for networking events, workshops and conferences within area of study
- Membership in the American Society for Public Administration
Students enrolling in the program will earn an M.P.A. (master of public administration) degree from the Bloch School Department of Public Affairs. The M.P.A. program includes three emphasis areas: urban administration, nonprofit management and health administration.

The UMKC Bloch School of Business and Public Administration is Kansas City’s only institution fully accredited in business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and in public administration by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPA). The Bloch School is home to nationally renowned faculty and research as well as cutting-edge curricula in entrepreneurship, financial services, civic leadership, executive MBA, graduate and undergraduate business.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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