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in 1973 to Colombia, South America. After training in Bogotá for three months, she moved to La Unión, Nariño, and spent a year as an extension home economist working with the wives of coffee growers there. “The campesinos I worked with during my first year in La Unión earned pennies a day, yet they were the most generous and open people I’ve ever known,” Riley recalls. “My experience with them made me grateful for those who accept differences in others, and open to experiencing differences. It also made me more appreciative of the advantages I’ve enjoyed.”  After that, she moved to Pasto, Nariño, Colombia, where she taught home economics and English classes—at one point developing a curriculum for teaching technical English to nursing students. Many years later, she would share with university students “how my exposure to the world changed my life and encouraged them to have a similarly life altering experience.”  There was a time during her international travels when Riley questioned whether she could continue with her Peace Corps work. While teaching home economics and English at a vocational agricultural school in Colombia, she struggled to convince locals to attend her meetings. One day, as she slogged through the rain to attend one of those meetings, the thick mud on the ground sucked the shoes off her feet. “I felt overwhelmed, and really wondered if I was up to this task,” Riley recalls. “As we waited for the meeting to convene, the rain subsided, and the sun peeked out, and a double rainbow appeared. That was a sign to me that everything would be OK. ” Despite that double-rainbow, it took some time for Riley to realize she wanted to pursue a career in international education. Back in the United States, she took a management job with the Iowa Engraving Company, then spent nearly 10 years as a compliance specialist for the U.S. Labor Department. “I reached a period when I stood back and assessed the direction my life was heading,” Riley says. “I realized that working with migrant workers just a few weeks out of each year wasn’t sufficient to provide me with the exposure to diversity and international perspectives I thought would be more fulfilling.” At 34, she left her secure job with the federal government to pursue her graduate degree. In 1987—her master’s in international affairs from Ohio University in hand—Riley was ready to pursue “a more internationally focused career.” She became Ohio University’s Peace Corps coordinator, then took various posts—as cultural coordinator, director of undergraduate international education, education abroad director—at universities in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan before landing at Duke 11 years ago in her current post.

During that time, Riley earned her PhD in interpersonal communication (with an emphasis on intercultural communication) from Ohio University and made many trips abroad—from site visits for study abroad programs, to an eight-week program to study language and culture in Japan, to a Fulbright-Hays immersion experience in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. Riley supervises 15 international semester programs and up to 20 summer programs that serve more than 1,000 students a year. “My experience as a Peace Corps volunteer solidified my belief that education is the pathway to solve many of the problems of the world,” says Riley, who this past summer added a new title to her resume: that of Duke’s associate vice provost for undergraduate education. “The third goal of the Peace Corps is to help educate Americans about the rest of the world. I view my job in international education as fulfilling my commitment to [that] goal.”

Laurie Young

Senior Program coordinator Special Projects and International Initiatives the university of texas at austin

PeaCe CorPS VoLUnteer 2002–2004

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t was while walking down a Jamaican street during a Peace Corps stint—and hearing a man call out “Hey, white girl!”—that Laurie Young’s cultural assumptions about “right” and “wrong” were deeply challenged. Only after the recent college graduate wheeled around to demand why the man was pointing out she didn’t belong in his country—and after the obviously crushed guy explained he knew no other way to meet her—did Young recognize how ingrained were the differences between a girl reared in upstate New York and the young man who stood so crestfallen before her. That epiphany, along with others she experienced during two education abroad tours in her college years, ignited in Young a curiosity about foreign lands that would propel her into her current work at the University of Texas at Austin. “There were countless times in Jamaica where I would feel nervous or threatened by someone’s actions or be-

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International Educator - September/October 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Building a Literate World
In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement: A 360º View
Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Partnering
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - A View From Out Here
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