Simmons Debuts on Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges

February 18, 2016

Simmons Main College Building

Simmons debuted on the Peace Corps' 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities List

Today, the Peace Corps announced that Simmons ranked No. 8 among small schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 11 Simmons alumnae/i currently volunteering worldwide. 

At Simmons, service is a College-wide commitment. In her Huffington Post Blog: Amid the World's Violence, Hope for Women and GirlsPresident Helen Drinan shared her personal experience with community service:

In 1970, I was deeply moved by President John F. Kennedy's call for community service, and my husband and I joined the Peace Corps family program and spent three years in the Republic of the Philippines. Talking with the women of the WPSP project during our 2014 program, I was reminded of some of the important lessons I learned in the Peace Corps: the need for cultural understanding, the importance of treating every person with dignity and respect, and the recognition that leadership is a privilege, not an entitlement.

Alumnae/i from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 143 Simmons College alumnae/i.