Champions of Change

Joby Taylor

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Joby leads the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Shriver Peaceworker Program, which is affiliated with Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program which provides returned Volunteers with financial assistance and community service internships in underserved U.S. communities.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the University of Maryland Graduate Faculty with an affiliate faculty post in UMBC’s Language, Literacy, & Culture Ph.D. Program.  He also regularly teaches special topics seminars in peace studies, service-learning, and place-based learning for UMBC’s Office of Undergraduate Education and its interdisciplinary scholars programs.

After his Peace Corps service as a Educational Volunteer in Gabon, Joby spent several years leading international service-learning experiences for high school youth as a program director for Visions Service Adventures’ in the French West Indies.

He currently leads the Shriver Center’s ongoing partnership with the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute, and is collaborating with a consortium of faculty to organize a Baltimore College Peace Network. 

He earned his B.A. degree in Philosophy, M.A. in Religious Studies, and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies. His book Metaphors We Serve By, a collection of essays on the history and future of national service and service-learning, was published in 2008.

Joby lives in Baltimore and he takes every opportunity to lead students on excursions into the city in hopes that learning about its rich history, and its current challenges and opportunities, will inspire them to pursue lives of social change leadership in its future.

 

About the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1961, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.

Since that time, more than 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, continuing to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

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