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 place-based 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-led study abroad programming focused on providing Loomis students with opportunities to engage in active, inquiry-based learning and to cultivate meaningful connections to people and places beyond The Island. 

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Loomis Chaffee student planting in our greenhouse.

Environmental Sustainability

A diverse research and place-based experiential education program immersing students in hands-on, collaborative learning and action-driven stewardship.

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