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2017 Scott Center Alternative Spring Break Trip:

Creating and Implementing Social Policy in a New Political Environment

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Following The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life’s very successful alternative spring break trips to Montgomery, Alabama (marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March), and a service/learning trip to Chicago (exploring themes of racial and social justice), this year’s trip will be to Washington, DC, to focus on how social policy is shaped and implemented at the national level.

We’ll leave campus on Saturday, March 25 and return on Saturday, April 1.

The group will meet with representatives from a wide range of both faith-based and secular NGO’s across the political spectrum. Our goal is to look at how policy is formed and influenced, particularly in areas of economic justice, education and environmental issues.

This is a unique opportunity to meet and speak with people who may hold similar or very different social views than you, as we learn to speak across difference and gain perspective in a rapidly changing political landscape.
While the program is still in formation, we hope to meet with organizations such as:

•    American Friends Service Committee (Quaker)
•    Catholic Relief Services
•    Religious Action Committee of Reform Judaism
•    Center for Islam and Religious Freedom
•    Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

In addition, we are planning to have a number of hours of hands-on community service work opportunities.

This trip is highly subsidized by a number of generous donors.
Student cost is $250, which includes transportation, housing and some meals.

Enrollment is limited.

To apply, please submit the application form found here.
Upon acceptance, students must make an initial deposit of $100. This payment is a sign of commitment to the program, so appropriate travel and housing reservations may be made.

Please contact Associate Chaplain/Rabbi Ira Schiffer at for more information.

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

135 So. Main Street
Hathaway House
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753
(802) 443-5626