Michigan State University has reached a major milestone in its relationship with the Peace Corps –with thousands of MSU alumni having served in Peace Corps, the university is ranked 5th in the nation for number of volunteers participating.
MSU is proud of its long relationship with the Peace Corps and of the enthusiasm of its graduates for international involvement and commitment to advacing knowlege and tranforming lives around the world.
MSU's history with the Peace Corps began with involvement in the planning and establishment of the agency in 1961. President Kennedy saw the agency as an opportunity for idealistic Americans to volunteer their time, energy, and expertise in promoting peace through projects in developing countries. After the founding of the Peace Corps, MSU graduates were among the initial cohort of volunteers sent to countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The MSU campus was actually a training site for Peace Corps volunteers heading to Nigeria later that year. (The specific destination for many of these early volunteers was the new University of Nigeria at Nsukka, an institution that many MSU faculty and administrators assisted in establishing and staffing.)
Since 1960, the Peace Corps has served 136 countries by responding to the countries' requests for help in empowering people to take charge of their own future.