During spring break each year, the Cothran Center leads a group of twelve students on a travel program that emphasizes vocational exploration. 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); and New York City. For the past six years, we have visited 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 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.

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 a majority 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.

There will be an information session about our 2020 FOCUS program on September 23, 2019. Applications will be available following that meeting and will be due October 16, 2019.

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