Imagine Initiatives - Defiance College

Imagine Initiatives

Travel Opportunities



. . . if every student who
came to Defiance College
had an opportunity to
attend an opera, a
symphony, or a ballet.


. . . if every student had an
opportunity to visit
an art or science or
history museum.


. . . if every DC student
had an opportunity to travel
domestically with one or two
faculty members to
experience and learn more
deeply about issues related
to the students major.


Student and Non-Student Travel Application Packets


Travel Initiatives

In 2010, President Gordon kicked off Defiance College’s Imagine Campaign where he asked the Defiance Community to Imagine the following initiatives:


Imagine Initiatives are Rooted in Strong Learning Objectives.


Initiative Proposal Deadlines

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016.  The proposal must be completed, then printed, signed and submitted in hard copy to Rena Rager, Administrative Assistant, McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.

Imagine Initiative Proposal Form


Selection Process for the Imagine Initiatives

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee consisting of both faculty and staff.
The Committee will provide the Provost with its recommendations; however, the Provost will be responsible for the final approval of all trips.


2015-2016 Imagine Initiatives

Past Imagine Initiatives

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Approved Imagine Initiative trips for the 2015/2016 academic year have been listed below. If you are interested in any of these upcoming initiatives, please contact the trip leader by clicking on their DC webmail link.




Spend a week in Italy exploring the cities of Milan, Venice, Vrona, Florence and Rome.  Gain an understanding of the history, geography, climate, cuisine, sports and religious significance of these areas of Italy. Portions of the trip will be learning the soccer culture in Italy and participating in games against Italian opposition.

The goal is to travel with the returning men’s soccer players from  August 4 through August 13, 2015. The students participating will be required to give a presentation to selected faculty/staff about their most interesting area of the trip.


The Jamaican Experience

The Jamaica trip, planned for the end of November 2015, will be a one-week immersion into the culture of the island. The Defiance College Softball program, along with team personnel and friends will engage in a service and volunteer experience working with Christian Service International Ministries mentoring youth at the local orphanage and school. There will also be opportunity to teach youth softball skills. 

Cultural experiential learning will be the primary focus of this trip. The group will interact with the environs and people that populate this rural region of Jamaica by exploring and engaging within the Jamaican culture, educational system and religious beliefs through a variety of hands-on involvements.

The trip is led by Jodie Holava ( and Kaycee Butt ( Please contact them for more information about the trip.


Dublin 2016: 100th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Led by Michelle Blank and Rena Rager, participants in this experience will spend 6 days in Dublin, Ireland during the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising when Irish rebels proclaimed a free Irish republic. We will explore the city of Dublin, focusing on revolutionary Dublin; visit Trinity College; attend a performance at the National Theatre; spend an afternoon on a traditional farm near Kells in County Meath; listen to Irish music in a traditional pub and converse with a member of the Irish Parliament. Through these activities, we will gain an understanding of history, geography, economics, arts, culture and daily life, climate, food and drink and music of Ireland.  Although applications are no longer being accepted, for questions or further information please contact Michelle Blank at or Rena Rager at The trip is being planned for May 9 through May 16, 2016.


Honors International Study

A group of students in the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program will be traveling to Spain and Portugal while taking a course focused on the history, culture, architecture, and cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula. Participants will visit Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Seville, and Lisbon; taking time to see the Alhambra Palace, Moorish Cathedrals, the tomb of Columbus, and the Monument to the Discoveries.

Mary Ann Studer ( will be leading this experience.

Service Leaders: Nicaragua

A group of junior and senior service leaders will be traveling to Chinandega, Nicaragua to engage in service learning with Fundacion Chinandega a non-profit organization that runs a school from pre-school through high school. Fundacion provides both academic and vocational training to hundreds of students. In addition they will be working with a rural community and an urban school in the region.

Jordan Heiliger ( and Brad Harsha ( will be leading this experience.

Travel Application Packets