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Tulane: For Fifth Year in a Row, Tulane is Tops among Grad Schools for Peace Corps

Peace Corps has announced 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 the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

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.

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

Ms. 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. Ms. Meador works with the Ministry of Health to send qualified nurses to local health facilities.

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,” Ms. Meador said.