(April 18, 2014) --The Peace Corps has released the 2014 rankings of the nation's top volunteer-producing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). This year, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) ranks among the top 10 with nine alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, 77 alumni from UTSA have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.
"I applaud these Hispanic-Serving Institutions for promoting the value of service in their students and encouraging them to promote the rich diversity of the American people," said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps acting director. "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 nine alumni are serving in seven countries around the world. The Peace Corps Southwest Region is home to three of the top 10 HSIs in this year's rankings.
The 2014 Top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Peace Corps volunteers are:
1. San Diego State University (33 volunteers currently serving)
2. California State University, Long Beach (31 volunteers currently serving)
3. University of New Mexico (26 volunteers currently serving)
4. University of California, Riverside (24 volunteers currently serving)
5. California State University, Northridge (15 volunteers currently serving)
6. California State University, Fullerton (14 volunteers currently serving)
7. Texas State University (12 volunteers currently serving)
8. Florida International University (11 volunteers currently serving)
9. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (9 volunteers currently serving)
9. California State University, Los Angeles (9 volunteers currently serving)
9. University of Texas at San Antonio (9 volunteers currently serving)
The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2013 data as of Sept. 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 competitivenes.
About the Peace Corps
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 to the United States, volunteers bring back their knowledge and experiences -- and a global outlook 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.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
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