2 R.I. schools among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing college and universities

THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND and Providence College were named among the top volunteer producing college and universities for 2018. Above, Green Hall on the URI Kingston campus. / COURTESY URI
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND and Providence College were named among the top volunteer producing college and universities for 2018. Above, Green Hall on the URI Kingston campus. / COURTESY URI

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island colleges were named among the Peace Corps’ 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities Tuesday.

The University of Rhode Island was named the No. 21 volunteer-producing college or university among medium-sized schools with 16 URI alumni currently volunteering worldwide. This is the third consecutive year that URI has ranked in the top 25 among medium-sized schools. George Washington University in Washington, D.C., ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools with 50 active volunteers.

Providence College ranked No. 16 among small colleges and universities in 2018 with 11 active volunteers. 2018 was the first time in more than a decade that Providence College has ranked in the top 25 among small schools. St. Mary’s College of Maryland ranked No. 1 among small colleges and universities with 17 active volunteers.

“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley in a statement. “As Peace Corps Volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home.”

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Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.