The Peace Corps has named Texas State University among the nation’s top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) for 2016.
Texas State ranked No. 10 on the Peace Corps’ annual rankings, with nine alumni currently serving. The school last appeared on the top HSIs list in 2014. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 235 alumni from Texas State have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.
“Graduates of Hispanic-Serving Institutions come to Peace Corps with a strong educational background and the flexibility and curiosity needed to make an impact in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Volunteers with different talents, viewpoints, experiences and backgrounds demonstrate to people across all corners of the world what it means to be an American.”
College graduates with Peace Corps volunteer experience gain cross-cultural, leadership, language and community development skills that give them a competitive edge for 21st century jobs and advanced educational opportunities. They develop a global perspective that enriches the lives of those around them and helps to strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness.
In recent years, Peace Corps has expanded its reach to attract the best and brightest the U.S. has to offer and field a volunteer force that reflects the rich diversity of the American people. In 2015, the agency saw a 40-year high in application numbers, reinforcing the Peace Corps’ role as a dynamic, forward-leaning champion for international service more than half a century after its creation.
In addition to hiring dedicated diversity recruiters and hosting diversity focused recruitment events, the Peace Corps is partnering with diverse institutions like Texas State so Americans of all backgrounds know about service opportunities with the Peace Corps. Austin-based Peace Corps recruiter Brendan Cavanagh, a returned volunteer who served in Cote d’Ivoire, advises Texas State candidates and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested in learning more about living and working as a volunteer can find upcoming in-person or virtual Peace Corps events to attend by visiting peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/meet/events/
The 2014 top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Peace Corps volunteers are:
1. University of California, Santa Cruz (32 currently serving volunteers)
1. San Diego State University (32 currently serving volunteers)
3. University of New Mexico (27 currently serving volunteers)
4. Humboldt State University (25 currently serving volunteers)
5. University of California, Riverside (20 currently serving volunteers)
6. Florida International University (16 currently serving volunteers)
7. California State University, Sacramento (14 currently serving volunteers)
8. California State University, Long Beach (12 currently serving volunteers)
9. California State University, Fullerton (10 currently serving volunteers)
10. California State University, Northridge (9 currently serving volunteers)
10. Texas State University (9 currently serving volunteers)
*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2015 data as of September 30, 2015, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.
About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps sends Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to address the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work with their community members at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions to challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov.