Texas Western College (TWC) was selected in 1961 to host the first training of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers because it was desegregated, and it fit in with the campus' legacy of service.
UTEP’s Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have teamed up to promote the mission and benefits of the Peace Corps at the University.
The first class of Peace Corps volunteers trained on campus. Today service permeates student life in and out of the classroom.
Today is Day 16 in the Countdown to UTEP’s Centennial Year. In March 1961, President John F. Kennedy established a volunteer organization that sent Americans to other countries to promote peace and mutual understanding. In August of that year,
(To read Texas Western College and the Peace Corps: Part I, click here) The Tanganyika (now Tanzania) Peace Corps project, for which forty-four volunteers had done their training at Texas Western College, instantly became a point of pride for the school.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy initiated the Peace Corps program which challenged college students to serve their country in the name of peace by working and living in some of the world’s developing countries. That same year, Texas Western