CSULB Ranks No. 2 on The Peace Corps’ List of Top Volunteer-Producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the Nation
2014-05-05 · By Editor
The Peace Corps has released its 2014 rankings of the nation’s top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and California State University, Long Beach (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 Donald J. Para, president of CSULB. “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. More than 28,000 California residents have served overseas as Peace Corps volunteers and 973 residents are 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 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.
“I’ve been really impressed by the fantastic, driven students I’ve met on campus this year. So many Cal State Long Beach students are curious about the world and are searching for a path where they can be of service, experience other cultures, and develop personally and professionally,” said Nora Graves, a West Coast regional representative for the Peace Corps who has been recruiting students at CSULB for the last year. “I am looking forward to engaging with many students and faculty this coming year. It is my goal to speak with any and every student who thinks Peace Corps service might be for them.”
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 our country’s global competitiveness.
“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 are:
1. San Diego State University (33 currently serving volunteers)
2. California State University, Long Beach (31 currently serving volunteers)
3. University of New Mexico (26 currently serving volunteers)
4. University of California, Riverside (24 currently serving volunteers)
5. California State University, Northridge (15 currently serving volunteers)
6. California State University, Fullerton (14 currently serving volunteers)
7. Texas State University (12 currently serving volunteers)
8. Florida International University (11 currently serving volunteers)
9. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (9 currently serving volunteers)
9. California State University, Los Angeles (9 currently serving volunteers)
9. University of Texas at San Antonio (9 currently serving volunteers)
*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2013 data as of Sept. 30, 2013, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.
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.
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. To learn more, visit www.peacecorps.gov.