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Alumna Aims to be a Model for Peace Corps Volunteerism and Serving Internationally

May 2018

This summer, Monique Gray, C’2013, will complete a 27-month commitment to provide the people of Guinea, West Africa, with potentially life-saving health information. Gray’s work consists of designing and directing public health programs for the Peace Corps, filling a void in a region where lack of access to adequate health care, health education and gender equality is prevalent.

“I knew the work would be one of the most difficult undertakings of my life but I am leading projects on gender empowerment, sexual health and maternal and child health,” said Gray, who majored in comparative women’s studies with a concentration in women’s health.

Gray wants to see the number of Black women in the Peace Corps increase and hopes her service inspires more Spelman graduates to join. In February, the Peace Corps announced that Spelman tied for No. 4 among small schools on its 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Read more.

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