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Our newest board member

April 24, 2013

This board spotlight is featuring the newest and youngest addition to the IRIS board, George Cole-Duvall. If you have additional or follow-up questions, please leave a comment. 

GeorgeGeorge Robert Cole-Duvall, a current University of Northern Iowa student, was born August 4, 1992. While growing up in Philadelphia with his three sisters, his father died when he was five years old. At the age of nine, George and his sisters entered foster care. Two years later, he and one of his sisters were adopted by Milton and Mary Cole-Duvall in West Des Moines, Iowa. In 2011, George graduated from Valley High School. His blog can be read at

How did you become involved with international programs?

I met Bishop Samuel Peni when he was studying theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Iowa. My parents are both Episcopal clergy and they had an interest in contributing to different relief project to help the people of South Sudan.

What has been your most enriching travel experience?

I would have to say that my favorite traveling experience was when I accompanied Bishop Samuel to the Annual All Bishops Conference held at Canterbury Cathedral. While in the UK Bishop Samuel and I traveled to different schools speaking to students about the needs and living conditions in South Sudan Africa.

George in South Sudan

George in South Sudan

How many countries/continents have you visited?

Bishop Samuel and I have traveled to: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and the United Kingdom.

Tell us a little about what prompted you to become engaged with IRIS.

IRIS contacted me with an interest of recruiting me as a youth board member.

What is an international issue that is particularly important to you?

Access to Education. During my time in South Sudan I acted predominately as a teacher. Being in that position changed my value of education to an extreme.

Why is it important to “connect Iowans to communities worldwide,” as IRIS’ mission states?

This is important because many Iowans do not realize the living conditions of people living in other countries and just how good they have it.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Laku permalink
    May 10, 2013 7:51 PM

    Hay George , i am Laku Wani Ladu Nyarsuk in University Of Juba- South Sudan
    re you continuing with the program

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