Nine students, along with James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership Robert M. Franklin, departed for Haiti on May 23 for a travel seminar on "Moral Leadership in International Context" through Candler's Laney Legacy in Moral Leadership. The group will spend eight days in Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, where they will meet with local leaders in ministry, government, NGOs, education and the arts.

During the trip, students will explore "issues of leadership, morality, corruption, gender, class, race, color, economic development, toxic charity, love, power, and justice in a most unique context," Franklin says. "Haiti is at once the poorest nation in the western hemisphere and the richest in culture, spiritual depth, collective resilience and natural beauty."

The seminar will culminate with an August-term course, where students will turn in final papers exploring how Americans can support efforts to change the narratives about Haiti in the global community, and policies and programs that empower Haitians in sustainable ways.

This is the second international seminar sponsored by the Laney Legacy program since its founding in 2014. In 2015, Franklin traveled with students to the Korean Peninsula.

"I like to say that we are drawn to 'leadership in liminal zones,' or morally ambiguous communities where one courageous and imaginative person and a small community of conscience can make an enormous historical difference," he says.

Follow along with the trip on social media with the hashtag #CandlerinHaiti.