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Dr. Richard Gosser of Partners in Progress to speak at Penn State Fayette Nov. 4

10/29/2010 —

Dr. Richard Gosser, executive director of Partners in Progress, an organization that works with Haitian peasants to create sustainable communities, will speak at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in the Corporate Training Center. A small reception will follow the presentation. This free event, open to the public, is sponsored by the campus’ Coalition for Equity.

The mission of PIP is to help the organized poor of Haiti and to increase human capacity for living with dignity by promoting and advancing a Fondwa community model of sustainable rural development. This is possible through educational outreach and resource networking. CFE chair Danielle Mitchell explains, “Since 1987, Dr. Gosser has been on more than 25 trips to Haiti and has worked with Haitians during times of relative peace, as well as during historical moments of turmoil, such as that created by the recent 7.0 earthquake.”

A former board officer of the Washington Office on Haiti, Dr. Gosser studied Haitian Kreyol at the Kreyol Language Institute in Boston and has been an accredited election observer in seven national elections in Haiti since 1990. He and his wife Daneen are co-founders of the Rich in Mercy Mission Institute, the faith-based division of Partners in Progress. Together they have led many reverse mission pilgrimages to Haiti and assisted in the development of sustainable communities, grassroots organizations that promote democratic practices, and educational opportunities designed to help people to achieve their goals of self-reliance.

For more information about this event, visit the CFE website at www.fayette.psu.edu/studentlife.

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