The University of Vermont is ranked No. 8 among medium-sized schools in the Peace Corps’ 2017 ranking of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country. In addition, Vermont ranked No. 1 among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing states in 2016.
Harris died at the age of 27, but not before going down in history as the first black college graduate to publicly call for an end to slavery and full equality for all African Americans.
Akol Aguek ’05 G’11 was one of Sudan’s “Lost Boys,” a generation of young men displaced by brutality and civil war in their homeland. Profiled as a student in Vermont Quarterly in 2004, Aguek described the experience of being one of thousands fleeing across forest, desert, and river. Raising his voice and enunciating each syllable with care, he said: “You are running for your life!”