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During spring break each year, the Cothran Center leads a group of twelve students on a travel program that emphasizes vocational exploration and reflection. Not only are global perspectives enlightened, but many students return to campus and the community more attuned to other injustices and conflicts. 

Previously, groups have traveled to Cuba, Mexico, and New York City. For the past six years, we have visited the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. This is a community that welcomes all people to work on issues of understanding, respect, and cooperation. While visiting Northern Ireland, students hear stories from people living in the area, visit cities and communities, and participate in personal and group vocational reflection sessions and discussions. The topic of historic conflict in Northern Ireland and ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts provide a meaningful point of study for our program.

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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 a majority of the program costs, including travel, transportation, 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.

Below is the Powerpoint presentation that was shown at the FOCUS Information Session:

FOCUS 2020 InfoSessionPresentation.pdfFOCUS 2020 InfoSessionPresentation.pdf

Applications for the 2020 Program are now closed.


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