Embracing Public Service

Taylor Amos came to Howard University with a mission. Aware that African Americans are underrepresented in many fields, she focused on her love of public service.

Amos decided that, by joining the Peace Corps, she could carve a pathway into global development. In this profession, she saw that African- American leaders are scarce and that there is room to grapple with some of the planet’s most intractable problems, such as improving the health and education of women and children—her special interest.

Now, that dream is coming true for Amos (B.A. ’14). She has begun a two-year Peace Corps tour in Senegal. After a nine-week training period, dur- ing which she lived with a host family, she began serving as a community volunteer, working with families and partner organizations to improve maternal and child health, sanitation and other basic conditions, and spreading information about nutrition, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

According to the Peace Corps, Amos is one of 13 Howard University alumni currently in its service. More than 221 Bison have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. In 2014, Howard was ranked as a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers among medium- sized colleges and universities and retained its long-time standing as a leading source for Peace Corps volunteers among Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Amos, 23, of Chicago, said her interest in Howard, politics and public service took root when she served as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.

Encouraged by professors who nurtured a sense of public spiritedness, she made service a part of her life at Howard—volunteering as an art and dance teacher at a Columbia Heights community center
and working with the National Arboretum’s Youth Garden. She participated in Alternative Spring Break in 2011, working in local public schools. She also worked on public service projects with her sisters in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and served as chapter president during her senior year.

Amos has also interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, Md.

A major benefit of Peace Corps service is that volunteers attain significant leadership, technical and cross-cultural experience that makes them stand out in the professional world.

“As a recent graduate, some of the best advice I can give my fellow Bison is to go after their dreams with full force and with no regrets,” Amos said. 

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