Jessica Rice, a 2012 Clinton School graduate, was selected by Peacework to serve as the inaugural Peacework-Clinton School Fellow. Rice, a native of Little Rock, will work with colleges and universities across the country to place students in international field service projects. She'll also assist in recruiting and placing managers for the projects.
Peacework seeks to alleviate poverty and economic disparity and build bridges of global cooperation by bringing people of villages and communities in developing countries together with colleges, universities and corporations. Peacework has partners in 25 countries and has managed projects for departments or programs at over 60 institutions of higher education and corporations.
"The mission of the Clinton School to educate and train leaders through field service fits perfectly with what we are trying to accomplish at Peacework," said Steve Darr, president of Peacework. "We are looking forward to seeing the fruits of the work that Jessica will be doing over the next year."
The Clinton School is the nation's first graduate program to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, which is unique because a significant portion of its curriculum is completed through field service projects. Thirty-five Clinton School students are currently working in 21 countries across the world.
"Field service is a very important component of the Clinton School curriculum, and we're thrilled to have Jessica help facilitate projects across the globe through Peacework," said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. "This is an exciting partnership for us and we are grateful to Peacework for its support of the Clinton School."
At the Clinton School, Rice completed an international service project in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she developed strategies for program evaluation and helped establish guidelines for implementing the evaluation process for an educational initiative supporting high school students in some of the most impoverished regions of the country.
She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she earned degrees in international relations and Spanish. During college, she traveled to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, where served as an English language and culture teaching assistant.