The McCain-Ravenel Center for Intellectual and Moral Courage coordinates and supports signature initiatives at Episcopal, including the Washington Program, Global Programs, Leadership and Ethics, Outdoor Leadership, and Service and Civic Engagement. The center staff also help faculty and staff connect students with the resources of Washington and design programs that advance the mission of the School: to prepare young adults with intellectual and moral courage. 

For the fall, the center is helping program leaders design safe and enterprising curricula and programs for both in-person and remote students.

What to expect

List of 5 items.

  • Programming focused on critical issues facing society today,

    such as the effects of Covid-19 on society, civil discourse and the 2020 election, and social justice and antiracism. The fall schedule sets aside one day each month for schoolwide McCain-Ravenel events that will tap the resources of metro Washington, D.C.
  • Creative use of technology and the campus.

    Among the ideas faculty are considering if health concerns limit off-campus programming: explorations of Washington, D.C., using GoPro; all-school virtual community service events like the Just Tryan It triathlon; and campus campouts and hikes to local nature spots.
  • Deepening connections with the real world of work.

    Last spring, though the pandemic created chaos in the economy and the business world, 90 percent of EHS seniors secured May externships in their career field of interest. That experience will benefit the School as we head into our third year of placing select juniors in externship positions.
  • Inspiring conversations.

    Among the guests at school wide events during distance learning last spring were former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and world-champion Paralympian Melissa Stockwell. Our Webex video-conferencing technology makes it possible to introduce students to scientists, authors, and other experts who might never have been able to come to campus to visit. Read about such experiences from last spring.
  • Interaction with alumni.

    All the EHS signature programs tap Episcopal’s network of more than 5,000 alumni to talk about leadership, career fields, and ethics. Among last year’s guests: political, business, and digital strategist Tyler Brown '99, former CIA officer Kristen Edwards Marquardt ’97, and renowned oncologist Dr. John Marshall ’79.