During spring break, the Cothran Center leads a group of students on a study away service-learning program. This program has an emphasis on vocational exploration in three aspects: faith and social action, social and economic justice, and international humanitarian efforts. Not only are global perspectives enlightened, but many students return to campus and the community more attuned to local injustices and struggles and seek ways to connect with organizations that work to solve these problems.
In past years, groups have traveled to Cuba; Cuernavaca, Mexico (Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development); New York City; and Northern Ireland. In March 2018, we will return to the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. This is an
ecumenical Christian community that welcomes all to work on issues of
peace, understanding, respect, and cooperation. While visiting
Northern Ireland, students will hear stories from those involved in
justice and reconciliation efforts in the area, visit cities and
communities, and participate in personal and group vocational reflection
sessions and discussions. Here is a slideshow from the information session:
In addition, click here to view our 2017 FOCUS pictures.
must apply for this competitive program. Applications are accepted from sophomores only. Those students accepted into
the program receive a program scholarship to cover most of the
program costs, including travel, transportation on site, lodging,
program fees, resource materials, program orientation expenses, and most
meals. Students accepted into the program are responsible for a paying
a deposit of $600 (spread into two equal payments) to contribute toward
the total program cost.
Applications for the 2018 FOCUS program are now closed.