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Making History Again with Peace Corps The University of Michigan School of Social Work continues the tradition of Leaders and Best as it successfully joins forces with the Peace Corps to offer a Master’s International (MI) program. The U-M SSW Peace Corps MI program welcomed its first cohort of two students in the Fall 2011. Both students are currently completing their Peace Corps service in Mozambique and the Philippines. The joint program allows students interested in working with children and youth to incorporate Peace Corps service into their MSW program. Students in this program will complete 27 months of Peace Corps service and earn an MSW degree from the University of Michigan in four years. This isn’t the first time U-M is making history with the Peace Corps. In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy challenged students on the steps of the Michigan Union to dedicate two years of their lives to help people in developing countries. U-M students readily accepted that challenge, and in five short months Kennedy signed an executive order creating the Peace Corps. U-M is currently the fourth ranked provider of Peace Corps volunteers. More than 2,500 alumni have served since the agency was created 53 years ago. According to Katie Lopez, MSW ’10, Program Manager for the SSW Office of Global Activities, the MI program is very attractive. “The high level of interest in this program is a real reflection of the current generation of students who wants to do it all,” said Lopez. “Many students want an international experience, to give back, and to advance their education… they get all of that with the MI program.”

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