Students gathered around Corrymeela Community sign in Ireland.


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.

View our 2017 FOCUS pictures on Facebook.

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 paying a deposit of $600 (spread into two equal payments) to contribute toward the total program cost.

An information session for sophomores interested in participating in the 2021 FOCUS program will be held on September 28, 2020, from 6:00-7:00 pm via zoom. Students will need to sign-up below in order to receive a zoom invitation to attend.

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