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Loyola University New Orleans Among Peace Corpsí 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

Loyola press release - March 2, 2017

The Peace Corps announced this week that Loyola University New Orleans ranks No. 22 among small schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are nine Wolf Pack alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

In 2016, Loyola University New Orleans was unranked; now the university ranks among the Top 25 volunteer-producing small colleges.

“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 101 Loyola University New Orleans alumni have traveled abroad to serve as Peace Corps volunteers. Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Service in the Peace Corps is also in keeping with the Ignatian ideal of service and Loyola’s Jesuit mission, which has a motto of “men and women with and for others.”

“Loyola University New Orleans is committed to developing leaders who exemplify the Ignatian ideal of ‘faith in action,’” said Fr. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans and Peace Corps alumnus. “My time in the Peace Corps changed my life radically and allowed me to better understand the oneness of all humanity in this global community in which we live. The numerous international immersion and study abroad programs offered here at Loyola transform our students in a similar way. So it’s natural for our students to want to continue to serve longer in global settings like the Peace Corps after graduation. It makes me proud.”

Christiny Miller, a 2012 graduate and St. Louis native, is currently making a difference as youth in development volunteer in Ukraine. She credits her alma mater with giving her the tools and skills she needed to serve in the Peace Corps.

“Loyola prepared me to be a citizen of the world,” said Miller. “Between some of the courses I took (international relations, cultural anthropology, Latin American studies...), and the semester I spent in Chile through Loyola’s study abroad program, I felt prepared for life in a new country.”

As a youth and development volunteer, Miller works in local social services centers, youth nongovernmental organizations, and afterschool educational institutions that focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, preparing youth for work, and educating active citizens.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. The attached document shows the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

A simple and personal Peace Corps application process can be completed online in about one hour. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.