Thank you to all who attended and made possible Stanford's 50th Anniversary Peace Corps Celebration. Watch this site for a link to pictures and more in the coming months. Share your Peace Corps Story by completing a short form. Listen to oral histories collected during the Stanford celebration!
Stanford commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps on campus on April 15 and 16, 2011. The event served as a reunion for former Peace Corps members, an inspiration for current students, and a dialogue on how best to prepare the next generation for international service. Over 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members attended. Thank you to alumni who told their stories in Stanford Magazine. Read about the celebration in the Stanford Report.
Thank You Pam Consear for the Beautiful Mosaics!
The commemorative mosaics have been installed in the Tom Ford Patio at the Haas Center for Public Service on the Stanford campus. Special thanks to RPCV Pam Consear ('87 Linguistics) who led the volunteer creation of these beautiful pieces. They will forever mark the 50th anniversary event.
Pam Consear jetted off to Peace Corps Kenya the fall after graduation to teach high school English. That experience kicked off a nearly 20-year teaching career, and solidified the waste-not re-use ethic she'd grown up with in the Northwest. During a 15 year teaching career at Bella Vista Elementary in Oakland, she facilitated an ambitious school-wide tile painting project, bejeweling the adjacent Bella Vista Park with hundreds of tiles created by students, staff, and neighbors. She left public education in 2008 to start a tiny one-woman creative services business called HandyGal. Since then she has spearheaded nearly a dozen murals at four Oakland public schools, using paint, mosaic, or hand-painted tiles. Mosaic is her preferred medium because if its use of "garbage" (broken tiles, often dug out of waste bins behind tile shops, or unearthed from neighbors' garages) to create spectacular works of art that endure for ages. HandyGal also creates residential murals and beautification projects, teaches private and group art lessons, and sells "upcycled" crafts and artwork on Etsy.com and at area craft fairs. You can learn more about Pam's work at www.handygaloakland.com, and at www.HandyGalStudios.etsy.com.
Thank You Dignitaries and History of the Peace Corps
Thank you to the City of Palo Alto for recognizing our efforts with a proclamation on March 7, 2011. Special thanks to Members of Congress Anna Eshoo and Mike Honda for your welcome; and to Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Deputy Director, for serving as keynote and recognizing Stanford's efforts. Please see program for more on activities and attendees.
On October 14, 1960, John F. Kennedy addressed students on the steps of the University of Michigan Union challenging them to give two years of their lives to help in the developing world. President Kennedy officially established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. Since that time, 195,000 volunteers/trainees have served 139 countries. More than 1,300 Stanford alumni served in the Peace Corps from 1961 to 2010. Many Stanford staff, faculty, community members, and current grad students also served in the Peace Corps.
Peace Corps Founder Sargent Shriver recently passed away on January 18, 2011.
"A Remarkable Leader, Sargent Shriver, Founder of the Peace Corps" by Peter Laugharn, Stanford '82, RPCV Morocco
- Bechtel International Center
- Career Development Center
- Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
- Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
- Haas Center for Public Service
- Stanford Alumni Association
- Stanford Alumni Association RPCV Peace Corps Group
- Firelight Foundation
- Northern California Peace Corps Association
- National Peace Corps Association
- US Peace Corps Regional Office
Stanford Alumni can join the Stanford Alumni Association Peace Corps Group.
Thank you to our planning committee: Suzanne Abel, Lee Aubry, Jayne Booker, Kristin Conner, Larry Diamond, Megan Swezey Fogarty, Suzanne Butler Gwiazda, Meredith Haase, Barb Hunt, Peter Laugharn, Diane Murk, Jim Murray, Julius Paras, Nathan Hale Sargent, Tom Schnaubelt, Michael Welch, Lyn Wyman. Special thanks to Pamela Consear '87, PCV 87-89 Kenya, for designing our logo and commemorative mosaic project.
For more information, please contact Megan Swezey Fogarty.