who we are
The Staj 100 Peace Corps Morocco Diversity Committee is honored to represent the diversity of our program and provide assistance to fellow PCVs.
Erika Esquivel is a New York Native with Mexican heritage. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with her BA in Math and a Chemistry minor. She enjoys expressing herself through photography and crafting. She applied to the Diversity Committee because she want to be engaged in diversity outreach initiatives and advocate issues of diversity for volunteers.
Ilana is from the Washington, D.C. area and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and Politics in 2018. Here in Morocco, she works in a small village in the Rif region of Morocco, and focuses primarily on girls' empowerment and athletics. She enjoys reading, running, and (trying to) learn to cook Moroccan foods. On the Diversity Committee, she hopes to focus on providing enhanced support to volunteers of diverse backgrounds.
Joseph is from the Cleveland, OH area and is living in a site north of Fez. When he's not hanging with his preschoolers, he's jogging, reading, practicing yoga, and watching Netflix.
trainings and workshops coordinator
Julie is 28 years old from Austin, TX. She's an RPCV from Indonesia. She enjoys working with her GLOW Club, and lives in Chichaoua near Marrakesh and Essaouira.
What we know matters.
But who we are matters more.
- brene brown
what we do
We host trainings, workshops, and open discussions to foster a stronger PC Morocco community. We also develop technical resources to educate LCFs, HCNs, and future/current PCVs about diverse identities, inter-sectional allyship, cross-cultural communication and more. Our education efforts focus on providing resources for teaching Moroccans about American diversity and its origins, teaching fellow PCVs about the experiences of other volunteers here in country, and helping staff to better understand the evolving needs of a diverse PC Morocco community.
We work with PC staff on continuing to acknowledge issues of diversity, and provide consistent and specific advocacy and support for PCVs at risk of harassment, discrimination and/or prejudice due to the PCV's visible and/or non-visible identity(ies).
We collaborate with PC Staff, Peace Corps Volunteers and Host Country Nationals to create safe spaces, develop relevant resources and encourage inclusive practices in both public and private spaces.
a few of our current projects
initiative spearheaded by Julie to create a conference dedicated to building capacity for allyship and promoting understanding among PCVs and Moroccans
working with staff to ensure that diversity and inclusion sessions are included in mandatory trainings for PCVs