Student trip to presidential inauguration planned for Jan. 17-22

Thursday, October 11, 2012 7:25:00 PM

In mid-January 2013, up to 40 Stritch students will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of the next president. 

Students will depart Jan. 17 by coach bus, and will stay at a Franciscan mission in Washington, returning to Stritch on Jan. 22. During their stay, the group will see the inauguration, take a private tour of the U.S. Capitol with staff from Senator Ron Johnson’s office, and visit several museums in the city. 

Inspired by the University’s rich tradition of service to others and by the example set by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the students will dedicate one day of the trip to serving the D.C. community in honor of the King holiday and its theme, “a day on, not a day off.” 

The deadline to register for the trip is Nov. 2. Students are required to make a $100 deposit toward the total trip cost of $240.

“It was important to me that students engage in this opportunity for the right reasons,” said Matt Goodwin, assistant dean of students, who will lead the trip. “I purposely set the registration deadline before the Nov. 6 election, because this trip is going to be about the importance of the political process and seeing democracy in action, not about one candidate or another. I think there’s room for discourse on these ideas no matter who wins the election.”

Students interested in taking part are encouraged to contact Goodwin at or (414) 410-4329, or contact Jenni Herrick at or Sean Lybeck-Smoak at