Peace Corps Takes HSU Grads to the Next Level - Humboldt State Now

Peace Corps Takes HSU Grads to the Next Level

Over the years, hundreds of HSU graduates have joined the Peace Corps to get a head start on their careers and make a positive impact in communities around the world.

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HSU Grad Kayla Masengale (‘15, Child Development) is currently serving as a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia.

Recently Humboldt State University was ranked No. 5 among medium-size schools on the Peace Corps’ 2017 list of Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.
It’s the 10th year in a row that HSU has been a ranked as a top volunteer-producing school. HSU has been ranked each year over the past decade and is one of five California schools to make this year’s list.

There are 33 HSU alumni currently volunteering worldwide—and Kayla Masengale is among them.

“My time spent at HSU has been fundamental for my Peace Corps service,” says Kayla Masengale (‘15, Child Development), who is the community development Peace Corps volunteer in Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia. “My studies within my department gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to work successfully with people, and how to provide a supportive and responsive environment to all.”

“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 the 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, 841 Lumberjacks have traveled abroad to serve as 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.

Other recent graduates like Jocelyn Keranen (’13, Geography) started their careers with service in the Peace Corps. Currently, Keranen is serving as the malaria coordinator in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Kiera Yeomans (’15, Environmental Studies) is using Peace Corps service to complete a master’s degree that combines social advocacy with climate change awareness at Antioch University in New Hampshire.

The Peace Corps has simplified its application process with a focus on volunteers. A straightfoward 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.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below find 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 (PDF) and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
More than 15,000 undergraduates
1. University of Wisconsin–Madison – 87
2. University of Washington – 73
3. University of Minnesota – 70
4. University of Michigan – 60
5. University of Florida – 58

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates
1. American University – 54
2. Western Washington University – 48
3. The George Washington University – 45
4. The College of William & Mary – 36
5. Humboldt State University – 33

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
Less than 5,000 undergraduates
1. Denison University – 16
2. University of Mary Washington – 13
2. University of Puget Sound – 13
4. St. Mary’s College of Maryland – 12
4. Whitworth University – 12
4. Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 12

Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:
1. American University – 20
1. Tulane University – 20
3. University of South Florida – 18
4. University of Michigan – 15
4. Boston University – 15