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UNM Ranks as Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Hispanic Serving Institution

UNM Today, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 

The Peace Corps rec­og­nizes the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico as the top volunteer-producing His­panic Serving Insti­tu­tions (HSIs). UNM jumped four spots from fourth in 2012 to lead the 2013 list with 24 under­grad­u­ate alumni cur­rently serv­ing as Peace Corps vol­un­teers and 439 alumni hav­ing served since 1961. Cur­rently, more than 615 Peace Corps vol­un­teers report they are Hispanic.

“I con­grat­u­late these His­panic Serv­ing Insti­tu­tions for prepar­ing stu­dents across the U.S. to make a dif­fer­ence over­seas through Peace Corps ser­vice,” said Peace Corps Deputy Direc­tor Car­rie Hessler-Radelet. “Peace Corps vol­un­teers reflect the diver­sity of Amer­ica and grad­u­ates of His­panic Serv­ing Insti­tu­tions play a cen­tral role in build­ing the agency’s great legacy of ser­vice abroad.”

The Peace Corps works to ensure that its vol­un­teers rep­re­sent the best of Amer­ica. Peace Corps’ Office of Diver­sity and National Out­reach (ODNO) imple­ments tai­lored out­reach strate­gies for the recruit­ment of appli­cants from his­tor­i­cally under-represented com­mu­ni­ties and those with spe­cial­ized skills in order to enrich and strengthen Peace Corps pro­grams abroad. Fam­ily and friends who would like to read about Peace Corps in Span­ish can do so here.

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