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The Peace Corps Act - September 22, 1961

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011

President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order creating the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, but the order wasn't official until Congress approved the legislation. That event occurred on September 22, 1961—50 years ago today—and formally authorized the Peace Corps, whose stated purpose was "to promote world peace and friendship."

Since its creation, more than 340 Santa Clara alumni have served in some 80 countries. At times, the number of Santa Clara grads heeding the call has put SCU in the top 10 for Peace Corps schools of its size.

In the Fall 2011 issue of Santa Clara Magazine, we feature the stories and images from some of the Santa Clara alumni, faculty, and staff that have served in the Peace Corps. Look for it in your mailbox soon!

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