Senior Elizabeth Stinson selected for Peace Corps service in Botswana

headshot of Elizabeth Lyle Stinson
Elizabeth Lyle Stinson

MACON – Mercer University senior Elizabeth Lyle Stinson was recently selected to serve in the Peace Corps in Botswana, Southern Africa, beginning this summer. She will serve in Botswana through September of 2026.

“I am so excited and so grateful to learn more about Botswana culture and apply my learning at Mercer to my work,” Stinson said.

From Newnan, Stinson is double-majoring in global development studies and global health studies. In Botswana, she will be serving as a community and youth health educator working to reduce HIV/AIDS rates in the community and strengthen health care for youth.

“This is exactly what we want our students to acquire during their time at Mercer – a sense of purpose and vocation and a heart to serve,” said Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa, associate professor of global health studies and Africana studies. “She will bring a set of competencies relevant to the work she will be doing. I know she will contribute meaningfully to community health in her assigned location as well as experience remarkable personal and professional growth.”

At Mercer, Stinson is a Global Leader Scholar and involved with Quadworks Live, Phi Eta Sigma honor society, Girl Up and Green Coalition.

About the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps, established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, is a volunteer program administered by the U.S. government to send the best and brightest Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. To date, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 141 countries. For more information, visit