For the second year in a row, DePaul University has been named to the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. There are 19 DePaul alumni currently volunteering in 15 countries around the world, including China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Senegal, Botswana and Ukraine. An interactive map showing all the countries in which DePaul alumni are serving is online at https://www.peacecorps.gov/news/topcolleges2019/#college/1165
According to the Peace Corps, since the agency’s founding in 1961, nearly 400 alumni from DePaul have served abroad as volunteers.
“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”
DePaul is one of three Illinois campuses on this year’s list, along with Loyola University and the University of Chicago. In 2018, Illinois ranked No. 5 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers, and more than 9,270 Illinoisans have served since 1961.
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2018 data as of Sept. 30, 2018, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. This year, DePaul was ranked No. 18 among medium size schools.
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development.
Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. More information about the Peace Corps and this year’s list of top volunteer-producing schools is at https://www.peacecorps.gov/