Cal State L.A. is Peace Corps’ no. 9 top Hispanic-Serving Institution for volunteers

The Peace Corps today released the 2014 rankings of the nation’s top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). This year, California State University, Los Angeles ranked No. 9 with nine alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 141 alumni from Cal State L.A. have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. Cal State L.A. has also been instrumental in helping to shape the Peace Corps organization and its approach to international peace and development through training in the early, formative years.

California is home to seven of the top ten 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.

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.

For a listing of the 2014 top HSIs for Peace Corps volunteers:

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2013 data as of September 30, 2013, 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 our country’s global competitiveness. Find the recruitment office near you by visiting the Peace Corps website here.

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Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 230,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six Colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to the Honors College for high-achieving students. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a NASA-funded center for space research and a forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.