The University of Denver Peace Corps Community (DUPCC) exists as a forum for returned and outgoing volunteers on the DU campus to connect and continue in activities related to their service. The goals of the community follow in the framework laid out in the three goals of Peace Corps worldwide:
- helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
- helping the people we serve better understand Americans
- helping Americans better understand others through their service
As such, the core values of the community are presented in its mission statement:
" The University of Denver's Peace Corps Community serves to foster relationships [among] returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), Master's International students (MIs), international partners and the Denver community by facilitating social networking opportunities, participating in Peace Corps third goal activities, promoting a sense of social responsibility and engaging in meaningful service."
Returned Volunteers at DU
The DU Peace Corps community is also the largest group of returned volunteer graduate students in the nation.
In 2012, the Peace Corps released its annual rankings of the universities with students participating in the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program. With 77 returned volunteers currently enrolled as fellows, plus more returned volunteers not enrolled in a fellows program, the University of Denver is far above its nearest competitors.
2013 DUPCC by the numbers
- 48 returned volunteers
- 26 Master's International students
- 4 continents and 36 countries represented