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.

Students 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.

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