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The McCain-Ravenel Center for Intellectual and Moral Courage

The McCain-Ravenel Center

The McCain-Ravenel Center for Intellectual and Moral Courage

The McCain-Ravenel Center made great strides in its first full year. In December, all faculty and students threw themselves into the inaugural Portrait of a Graduate Expedition Day with student-led explorations of Washington focused on the EHS Portrait of a Graduate qualities such as service to others, intellectual curiosity, and integrity.


The School expanded its externship opportunities beyond the traditional May senior program, with seven juniors and one senior working for area companies and organizations as their winter afternoon option. In May, despite the pandemic, the McCain-Ravenel Center helped more than 100 seniors pursue entrepreneur training and land remote externships with businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits around the world, fulfilling the center’s mission to provide experience outside of the classroom. As Jeremy Goldstein, executive director of the center, writes: “We want the Portrait of a Graduate qualities to be exercised, but we can’t just talk about it conceptually. We have to set up opportunities for it to happen.”