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CSULB Garners No. 2 Peace Corps Ranking For Volunteers

Published: May 1, 2014

CSULB Garners No. 2 Peace Corps Ranking

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The Peace Corps has released its 2014 rankings of the nation’s top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and CSULB ranked No. 2 with 31 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 777 alumni from CSULB have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

“The Peace Corps is among the most respected volunteer organizations in the world. People selflessly helping other people in need is a fundamental component of a just and humane society,” said Interim CSULB President Donald J. Para. “Cal State Long Beach is proud to be part of this incredible movement which has positively impacted lives around the world for five generations.”

California is home to seven of the top 10 HSIs in this year’s rankings. The state produces more Peace Corps volunteers than any other state nationwide with more than 28,000 California residents having served overseas as volunteers and 973 currently serving.

“I applaud these Hispanic-Serving Institutions for elevating the value of service and encouraging their students to promote the rich diversity of the American people,” acting director of the Peace Corps Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “We want every American to know about the Peace Corps, so we are stepping up our outreach in under-represented communities so our volunteer force represents the beautiful multicultural nation that we are.”

The Peace Corps recently announced that it is expanding its staff to include diversity recruiters in each of its eight regional offices to field a broader volunteer force that represents the very best of the United States. The agency also has an Office of Diversity and National Outreach that aims to recruit a diverse pool of volunteers and build an inclusive culture that welcomes applicants and volunteers from all backgrounds.

“We are delighted to continue to see West Coast institutions topping the list of Hispanic Serving Institutions,” said Janet Allen, Peace Corps West Coast Regional Manager. “These schools educate a broad and diverse range of students and contribute to Peace Corps representing to the world the diverse and multicultural nation we are.”

The 2014 top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Peace Corps volunteers and number currently serving are:

1. San Diego State University (33)

2. California State University, Long Beach (31)

3. University of New Mexico (26)

4. University of California, Riverside (24)

5. California State University, Northridge (15)

6. California State University, Fullerton (14)

7. Texas State University (12)

8. Florida International University (11)

9. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (nine)

9. California State University, Los Angeles (nine)

9. University of Texas at San Antonio (nine)

The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2013 data as of Sept. 30, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

College graduates who have served with the Peace Corps gain hands-on experience and return home with cross-cultural, leadership, community development and language skills that help strengthen international ties and increase the country’s global competitiveness.

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.