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Emory ranks among top colleges for Teach For America corps

Emory Report | Sept. 18, 2014

Emory University once again ranks among the top 20 medium-sized colleges and universities contributing alumni to Teach For America's teaching corps. Emory has earned a spot in the top 20 for each of the seven years that the list has been released.

Teach For America recruits outstanding graduates to commit to teach in high-need public schools. Some 22 Emory alumni joined Teach For America for 2014, making Emory the 10th highest-contributing medium-sized college this year.

The Emory graduates will join 5,300 incoming Teach For America corps members who hail from more than 850 colleges and universities across 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Teach For America leaders are particularly pleased that this year's corps members are the most diverse in the history of the group.

"We're incredibly grateful for the wide range of colleges, universities and professional backgrounds that our corps members are coming from," says Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-chief executive officer of Teach For America. "This is our most diverse corps yet — we really value the breadth of experience and identity that they'll bring to the classroom."

According to Teach For America, roughly half of 2014 corps members identify as people of color, including 22 percent African American, 13 percent Latino, 6 percent Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6 percent as multi-ethnic, and 1 percent as Native American.