Pacific University Welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA Director Paul Monteiro on Monday, Feb. 2

Pacific University is proud to welcome Paul Monteiro, director of AmeriCorps VISTA and a former White House assistant to President Barack Obama, to the Forest Grove Campus on Monday, Feb. 2. Monteiro will make remarks about the importance of national service at 7 p.m. in Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium (2043 College Way). His talk is open to the public and a reception will follow.

Before accepting the appointment to direct AmeriCorps VISTA, Monteiro served President Obama in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. He was a liaison to many constituencies, including social safety net groups and faith communities across the United States. Monteiro worked for then-Senator Obama before joining Obama for America in 2007 as the deputy director for faith outreach. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and the University of Maryland.

"Paul Monteiro has served the United States with distinction and is today putting his passions to work promoting national service in the cause of alleviating poverty through the work of AmeriCorps VISTA," says Rev. Chuck Currie, director of Pacific's Center for Peace and Spirituality and University Chaplain. "We share a common desire to promote civic engagement and policies that help people move out of poverty."

Monteiro is also scheduled to speak at Pacific classes during the day, as well as meet with student members of the university's Center for Civic Engagement and have dinner with members of the Black Student Union. His visit is co-sponsored Pacific University's centers for Civic Engagement and Peace & Spirituality, and the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation.

For more information, please contact Chuck Currie at 503-352-2032 or chuck.currie@pacificu.edu.

Jan. 20, 2015