U of M Twin Cities ranked seventh in Peace Corps' annual Top Schools ranking
MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (02/27/2020) — Sixty total graduates are making a difference as Peace Corps volunteers. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is ranked seventh nationally on the annual list of colleges that produced the most Peace Corps' recruits. The U of M is on the list for the 20th consecutive year.
"The Learning Abroad Center is extremely proud of our alumni representation in the Peace Corps," said Martha Johnson, assistant dean of Learning Abroad in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. "It speaks to our campus's international engagement, strategic partnership with the Peace Corps, and aligns with our goal of preparing students for truly global careers."
Since 1961, more than 1,500 University of Minnesota alumni have continued this tradition by putting their education and experience to work as Peace Corps volunteers. The U of M offers a variety of ways to become involved in the Peace Corps community, where volunteers can learn a new language, exchange ideas and take part in their communities as partners and friends for a unique, rewarding experience.
“The education and opportunities the University of Minnesota provided me were not only instrumental in my decision to join the Peace Corps, but imperative in preparing me for successful service,” said Felicia Wolf, a University of Minnesota graduate who is a youth development volunteer in Thailand. “My time abroad gave me hands-on experiences working alongside local communities in a new language and culture and the adaptability, sensitivity and dedication necessary to do so. My involvement with the Grand Challenge courses provoked me to think critically about sustainable solutions to global issues from a multidisciplinary, grassroots, and capacity building perspective. These skills and experiences have transferred directly to my time as a Peace Corps volunteer and have allowed me to carry out my service with a willingness to learn, eagerness to build relationships and resiliency.”
Those interested in learning more about the Peace Corps are welcome to attend a panel discussion including Felicia Wolf from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the President’s Room at Coffman Memorial Union.
View the annual Peace Corps ranking here.
About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Through their PeaceCorps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. For more information, visit https://www.peacecorps.gov.
About the Learning Abroad Center
The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, intern, community engagement, research, and volunteer experiences worldwide. We provide innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues and staff. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community. We offer a full range of advising and support services to students, including program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, credit, cultural adjustment, and reentry.
A variety of program options—250 programs in over 70 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.