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UC marks 50 years of Peace Corps service

Lisa Flynn, working in the Uganda village of Magada as a community health volunteer, is one of 459 University of California alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, carrying on a 50-year UC tradition.

Since President John F. Kennedy created the organization in 1961, UC has seen more of its alumni join the Peace Corps than any other U.S. university. More than 10,375 have served, or 5 percent of the 200,000 who have heeded Kennedy’s challenge to achieve a higher purpose by living and working in developing countries.

UCLA was one of the first training centers, between 1961 and 1969 training about 2,000 volunteers from all over the country. UC Berkeley holds the record for producing the most volunteers, with more than 3,400. In addition, there are hundreds of UC employees and current students who made their way to the university after their Peace Corps service ended, holding onto the idea of continuing a life of public service.

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