The Peace Corps recognizes the University of New Mexico as the top volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). UNM jumped four spots from fourth in 2012 to lead the 2013 list with 24 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers and 439 alumni having served since 1961. Currently, more than 615 Peace Corps volunteers report they are Hispanic.
"I congratulate these Hispanic Serving Institutions for preparing students across the U.S. to make a difference overseas through Peace Corps service," said Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. "Peace Corps volunteers reflect the diversity of America and graduates of Hispanic Serving Institutions play a central role in building the agency's great legacy of service abroad."
The Peace Corps works to ensure that its volunteers represent the best of America. Peace Corps' Office of Diversity and National Outreach (ODNO) implements tailored outreach strategies for the recruitment of applicants from historically under-represented communities and those with specialized skills in order to enrich and strengthen Peace Corps programs abroad. Family and friends who would like to read about Peace Corps in Spanish can do so here.
The following are the top ten Peace Corps volunteer-producing HSIs.
COLLEGE NAME: VOLUNTEER NUMBER:
1. University of New Mexico 24
2. California State University – Fullerton 23
3. California State University – Northridge 19
4. University of Miami 16
5. Florida International University 15
6. California State University – Los Angeles 14
7. California State University – Fresno 11
8. University of Texas – San Antonio 10
9. California State University – San Bernardino 8
9. Texas A&M; University – Corpus Christi 8
Currently, more than 8,000 volunteers are working with communities in 76 host countries on projects related to agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development. After 27 months of service abroad, Peace Corps volunteers with four-year degrees return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them for advanced education and professional opportunities in today's global job market. After service, returned volunteers receive support from the Peace Corps in the form of career services, graduate school opportunities, advantages in federal employment, readjustment allowances, and loan deferment and cancellation opportunities.
The Peace Corps ranks the top volunteer-producing HSIs annually. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2012 data as of September 30, 2012 as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. Ninety percent of volunteer positions require a bachelor's degree. Americans with backgrounds in agriculture, environment, teaching English as a second language, and other technical or language skills related to Peace Corps assignment areas are encouraged to apply for service one year in advance of their target departure date.
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