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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Washington Universities Lead the Nation in Peace Corps Volunteers

Posted by on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM

The Peace Corps has released its latest ranking of US colleges and universities by the number of Peace Corps volunteers they produce, and Washington universities top the list in all three categories. The University of Washington leads "Large Colleges & Universities" with 107 volunteers, Western Washington University leads "Medium Colleges and Universities" with 73 volunteers, and Gonzaga University leads "Small Colleges and Universities" with 24 volunteers.

Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, Evergreen State College, Whitman College, and Pacific Lutheran University also made the top 25 list in the "Small Colleges and Universities" category.

In a press release issued this morning, US Representative Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) couldn't help but kvell over the news:

“Today's announcement is unexpected but not surprising. Washington State boasts an impressive collection of universities and it’s now clear that in addition to academic excellence, we are also home to an accomplished community of humanitarians and ambassadors of peace. The University of Washington, Western Washington University and Gonzaga University should be very proud of this distinction.

“I had the opportunity to be a part of a similar, pre-cursor program just before the Peace Corps’ 1961 founding and it was a life changing experience."

Here's to a future generation of Jim McDermotts!


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TVDinner 1
I served in Nicaragua and after I'd been there for a year, another UW alumnus joined up. We were both shocked to recognize each other from a class we'd shared two years before.

It's a big small world out there.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on February 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
Teslick 2
Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington would be proud (although WSU evidently didn't make the list).
Posted by Teslick on February 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
You're either changing the world, or you're a tired corporate serf who is too darned lazy.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
lark 5
Yeah, I read that this morning. Quite the distinction. I'm an RPCV, Republic of Cameroon 89-92' but didn't graduate from any of those schools. Still, good on the state of Washington. Here's to a future generation of Peace Corps Vols.
Posted by lark on February 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Cascadian 6
Any excuse to get away from the local weather.
Posted by Cascadian on February 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
well_now 7
Could it be due to in part to the UW's Evans School of Public Policy's requirement (or just "strong suggestion") to do some years in the Peace Corps to get a master's degree?
Posted by well_now on February 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Report this

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