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For fifth year in a row, Tulane is tops among grad schools for Peace Corps

March 22, 2019 11:15 AM
Tulane Today staff

Alina Meador, left, graduated from Tulane University with a degree in public health and Latin American studies in 2016, and is serving as a health volunteer in Vanuatu. (Photo provided by Peace Corps)    

Peace Corps announced on Wednesday that Tulane University ranked No. 1 among schools that produce volunteers from graduate programs and No. 3 among medium-size universities for 2019. This is the fifth year in a row that Tulane has been the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing graduate school. This is also the eighth consecutive year that students from Tulane’s graduate programs helped place the university in the top 5.


There are currently 20 volunteers from Tulane graduate schools participating in the Peace Corps. Out of the 20, 17 are from SPHTM. 


Twelve volunteers are Master’s International students. Peace Corps discontinued the Master’s International program for new students in 2016, but many students are completing that program. Since the close of that program, Tulane SPHTM has launched the Global Scholars Program. Global Scholars strengthens students’ readiness for Peace Corps service and other international placements by providing cultural and social awareness and career development skills. Coverdell Scholars Lindsey Miller and Paul Tindall, both Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, maintain the school’s close relationship with Peace Corps and coordinate Global Scholars programs.


Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, nearly 600 alumni from Tulane University have served abroad as volunteers. 


“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”

Alina Meador graduated from Tulane University with an undergraduate degree in public health and Latin American studies in 2016 and is serving as a health volunteer in Vanuatu. Meador works with the Ministry of Health to send qualified nurses to local health facilities. She leads workshops educating community members and children about relevant health matters and preventing malaria and other diseases. She is also part of a Peace Corps–wide organization that helps to empower women, teaching gender equality, domestic violence prevention, and other gender-based violence awareness across Vanuatu. 


She credits the public health knowledge and training from Tulane that is now the foundation of her work. “Tulane incorporates a ‘service learning’ component into their core curriculum. This instills a love of service for others into every Tulanian, past and present,” Meador said.


The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. View the complete 2019 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.