June 11, 1987.
On this day, Loret Miller Ruppe, director of the Peace Corps, spoke on the IUPUI campus. Her talk, "Leadership for Peace," addressed the challenges facing the federal agency at the time.
Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the post in 1981, Ruppe had a Republican Party background in Michigan and had served in Congress. However, duirng her tenure as director, she fought internal battles in the Reagan administration against efforts to politicize the agency and diminish its role, established in 1961 to promote "world peace and friendship." She preserved its budget and expanded its work into more countries around the world.
As part of Ruppe's visit to IUPUI, many former Peace Corps volunteers among IUPUI faculty and staff attended, as did other Indiana residents who had served in it since its founding. Afterwards, a reception was held at the Children's Museum featuring food and music from around the world.
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