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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Alumni Serving Worldwide

SDSU ranks No. 5 among the Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
By Natalia Elko

San Diego State University ranks as a top national volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institution for the Peace Corps. SDSU tied Humboldt State University for the No. 5 spot this year, each with 25 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Aztec alumni are serving in 21 of the 64 host countries where Peace Corps works. They are serving different areas of the Peace Corps’ job sectors, including education, environment, health, community economic development and youth development. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 1,200 alumni from SDSU have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

“Peace Corps have a focus on improving communities throughout the world by combining an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to collaborate with diverse groups of peoples and cultures. For this reason, the Peace Corps is an excellent career option for Aztecs,” said James Tarbox, executive director of SDSU’s Career Services. “Our campus has a strong tradition of making a difference through service in the Peace Corps — many of our alumni often go back into Peace Corps after retirement.”

Top volunteer-producing institutions

California produces more Peace Corps volunteers than any other state nationwide — eight of the top ten Hispanic-Serving Institutions in this year’s rankings are in the state.

Peace Corps’ 2015 top five volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions are:
1. University of California, Santa Cruz (42 currently serving volunteers)
2. University of California, Santa Barbara (38 currently serving volunteers)
3. University of New Mexico (29 currently serving volunteers)
4. California State University, Long Beach (26 currently serving volunteers)
5. Humboldt State University (25 currently serving volunteers)
5. San Diego State University (25 currently serving volunteers)

Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2014 data as of September 30, 2014, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

“We are proud of our West Coast colleges and universities that are ranked as the top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions for 2015,” Peace Corps West Coast Regional Manager Erin Carlson said. “These schools continue to promote the importance of service and produce outstanding volunteers who personify the best this country has to offer.”

Volunteer for the Peace Corps

The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Since its establishment, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide.

Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers receive intensive intercultural, leadership and language training; gain a life-long commitment to service; and develop hands-on project management experience that gives them a competitive edge in today’s global economy.

Peace Corps volunteers may also be eligible for various forms of student loan relief, including deferment, partial Perkins Loan cancellation and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

The Peace Corps has eight regional recruitment offices across the country that work closely with prospective volunteers. The Los Angeles regional recruitment office serves SDSU.