Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies

The mission of the Alvord Center is to develop globally and environmentally engaged leaders. Through traditional and experiential learning, curricular-based travel, and student-driven research and action, our students and faculty develop important global and environmental competencies that enable them to empathize with others; better understand local and global trends and issues; and develop innovative and collaborative solutions for the common good.

Building upon a recognition that our world is interconnected in a multitude of ways, Loomis Chaffee offers a course of academic study, extracurricular activities, and experiential learning through our Global & Environmental Studies Certificate, International Education Programs, and Environmental Sustainability initiatives.

We may refer to our school as “the Island,” but opportunities to learn about the world and how to play an active role in it abound at Loomis.

Student exploring underwater during a trip to Galapagos Islands.

Global & Environmental Studies Certificate Program

A comprehensive program of study based on the four learning pillars of the Alvord Center Engaged Citizenship Matrix: Seek Knowledge, Enhance Understanding, Develop Skills, and Take Action.

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Loomis Chaffee students on an International Education Program in Iceland.

International Education Programs

Short-term faculty lead study abroad programming focused on providing Loomis students with opportunities to make connections and extend their studies beyond “the Island.”

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Loomis Chaffee student planting in our greenhouse.

Environmental Sustainability

A diverse research and place-based experiential learning program focused on providing Loomis students with opportunities to become engaged citizens and action-driven stewards.

Become an Engaged Citizen



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