Peace Corps Names Howard University 2014 Top HBCU

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For the third consecutive year, Howard University claimed the top rank for producing volunteers among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Howard currently has 18 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

Howard University made Peace Corps history earlier this year as the first-ever HBCU to appear on the agency’s national list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities, ranking No. 16 among medium-sized undergraduate schools. Since 1961, 213 Howard alumni have served with the Peace Corps.

“We are thrilled to see a Historically Black University join this year’s national rankings of schools that send the greatest number of alumni to the Peace Corps,” Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “America is a beautiful multicultural country, and we want Peace Corps volunteers to represent the very best of the United States and show the world the rich diversity of the American people.”

College graduates with Peace Corps volunteer experience gain cross-cultural, leadership, language and community development skills that give them a competitive edge for 21st century jobs and advanced educational opportunities. They develop a global perspective that enriches the lives of those around them and helps to strengthen international ties and increase our country’s global competitiveness. Howard alumna China Dickerson of Washington, D.C., served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador from 2007-2009 and returned to Howard after her service to attend law school. The skills she gained at Howard prepared her for the Peace Corps and put her on track to return for her graduate education.

“Howard places a huge emphasis on the importance of service and a worldview,” Dickerson said. “I always thought I wanted to become a corporate lawyer, but during my Peace Corps service, I realized that my true passion is advocating for underserved communities. Now I’m back at Howard getting my law degree with the hopes of becoming a human rights attorney.”


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