Date:September 21, 2017
Time:12:30 – 1:30
Location: Harkin Institute, 2429 University, Ave.

Christie Vilsack, who served as a senior advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will join us for our first student luncheon of the semester on Sept. 21.

Vilsack served as the senior advisor for International Education at USAID from 2013-2016. In that position, Vilsack supported USAID’s Education Strategy goals to improve children’s reading skills, strengthen youth workforce skills, and provide equitable access to education in crisis and conflict settings, especially for little girls. She has committed her life to education and public service. Vilsack spent 25 years teaching secondary and college English and journalism. Her experience inside the classroom led to a focus on education and advocating for public libraries as Iowa’s first lady, as a candidate for Congress in Iowa, and now as an education advisor for colleges and universities.

The Harkin Institute’s student luncheons offer intimate, hour-long opportunities for Drake University students to visit with an accomplished government, nonprofit, journalism, political or public policy leader. During this event, Vilsack will informally discuss her career, share information, answer questions, provide advice and get to know the students.

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Address: 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: 515-271-3623

Fax Number: 515-271-3631


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