Happy Birthday Peace Corps

March 1 marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy signing Executive Order 10924, establishing the Peace Corps on a temporary pilot basis.

Did you know that training sessions for some of the first Peace Corps volunteers were conducted on the UC Davis campus? According to the Centennial Record of the University of California: “the training of volunteers to serve in particular areas and countries was provided by the University in accordance with annual or program-long contracts with the Peace Corps. Faculty members for individual sessions were drawn from area experts on the University campuses, from visiting professors, and at times from returned Peace Corps veterans.” From 1963-1965, five 12 week courses in agriculture and nutrition were held at UC Davis for volunteers who would serve in India.