Peace Corps honors UTSA as top 10 volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institution

Christian Porter in Africa

UTSA College of Business alumnus Christian Porter '08 (right) served as a business development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Malawi in southern Africa.

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(April 26, 2013) --The Peace Corps has recognized The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as one of the top 10 volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in 2013. Ten UTSA alumni currently are serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia, Malawi, Morocco, Nicaragua, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Ukraine and Zambia. A total of 75 UTSA alumni have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

"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."

According to the Peace Corps report, more than 8,000 volunteers are working with communities in 76 host countries on projects related to agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development. After 27 months of service abroad, Peace Corps volunteers with four-year degrees return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them for advanced education and professional opportunities in today's global job market.

The Peace Corps ranks the top volunteer-producing HSIs annually. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2012 data as of Sept. 30, 2012, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, more than 615 Peace Corps volunteers report they are Hispanic.