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A tradition of service: UC a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

UC alumni like to do well by doing good.

If you need proof, look no further than the fact that the Peace Corps this week included three UC campuses — Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Davis — on its 2017 list of the Top 20 Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.

UC Berkeley, meanwhile, firmly held its “lifetime achievement” ranking, logging 3,640 total volunteers since the Peace Corps’ inception, more than any other university.

All told, more than 11,000 UC alumni have served in the Peace Corps since it was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Behind UC Berkeley, UCLA is the second-highest all-time contributor of Peace Corps volunteers among UC campuses.

Multiple UC campuses rank among top Peace Corps universities each year. It’s the 16th consecutive year UC Davis has been on the top 20 list, and the seventh consecutive year UC Santa Barbara has been named.

UC’s public service muscle helped power California to the No. 1 spot among U.S. states represented by Peace Corps volunteers, with 916 volunteers serving worldwide.

Read full article about UC and the Peace Corps.

Photo on home page of Link and above: UC Berkeley graduate Sarah Edwards, a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon from 2013 to 2015. Credit: UC Berkeley


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  1. Monica Johnson March 7, 2017 Reply

    I am proud to be a UC Berkeley Alumni 2008, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer- Morocco 2010-2012 and a UCOP staff employee!!! If it wasn’t for the UC I would not have been exposed to the Peace Corps. Happy Peace Corps week and congratulations University of California!

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