Increases Rank as Peace Corps Top College
New York, N.Y.—With
16 Smith alumnae serving this year in Peace Corps jobs abroad,
the college ranks eighth among small-size schools nationwide
in producing volunteers for the government agency, increasing
its ranking from the 15th highest participating school last
alumnae are currently serving as volunteers in Cameroon, Costa
Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique,
Nepal, Panama, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine
and Zambia, working in agriculture, education, environment,
health and youth development, among other areas.
Since the Peace Corps was founded
in 1961, 361 Smith alumnae have served. The college consistently
ranks among the top 20 schools in producing Peace Corps volunteers.
"Every year, graduates of colleges
and universities across the United States are making a difference
in communities overseas through Peace Corps service," said
Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. "As a result
of the top-notch education they receive, these graduates are
well prepared for the challenge of international service. They
become leaders in their host communities and carry the spirit
of service and leadership back with them when they return home."
The Peace Corps
ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according
to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than
Mount Holyoke College, with 15
Peace Corps volunteers, placed 18th on the small-school list.
Corps volunteer-producing schools.