About the Appliation Process
The application is composed of information about the retreat, personal information, affiliations, t-shirt size, etc. for the planning purposes of the retreat, and short answer questions. The selection process is focused on the answers you provide in the short answer section.
Please fill out the application completely and submit it as soon as possible. All applications must be turned in by
Friday, November 8 by 4:00pm
. Decisions will be made by November 22, 2013 and you will be contacted about the status of your application via email.
Description of the Retreat
The Next Step Social Justice Retreat is a new event at Union that gives students a forum in which to further develop knowledge and skills to support them in becoming better change agents around areas of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, religious oppression, classism, global citizenship and many various identities and power differences. The Next Step Social Justice Retreat is a program that has been presented at a number of colleges and universities around the country including Colorado
State University , California State University at Los Angeles, The University of Vermont, Chapman University, and others!
To be an effective social justice activist, the Next Step Steering Committee believes that we must start by understanding our own identities and stories in order to understand more about one another. Half of the retreat will be spent in small guided groups with a student facilitator and staff/faculty facilitator exploring these concepts. Through large and small group activities, participants at the retreat will explore ally development, stereotypes, privilege, oppression, coalition-building and
grassroots organizing along with building community, organization and personal connections with one another.
Information About Participation at the Retreat
The Next Step Social Justice Retreat is from January 17-19, 2014 on campus in College Park Hall. It is a full two and a half day retreat, and we hope to have 40 participants. The program is sponsored by the Offices of Religious and Spiritual Life, Multicultural Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, and Residential Life.
Meals, materials and t-shirts are provided to participants who are selected to attend the retreat. There is a $20 refundable reservation fee that will be due if you are selected as a participant. This fee is meant to act as a place holder for your spot for the retreat, and will be refunded at the end of the retreat.
Who Can Apply as a Participant?
Undergraduate students from all levels, colleges, backgrounds, identities and experiences are encouraged to apply to attend Next Step. The selection committee looks at applications primarily seeking to identify a passion for social justice in any form and an openness to learning about oneself and with other students across difference. Whether you're new to the term "social justice" and still figuring out what that means, you are looking to find your community or place at Union, or you are a seasoned
student leader or activist - you are welcome at the retreat and encouraged to apply.
If selected do I have to be there the entire time?
YES! Once you confirm your participation there are no exceptions, all participants must be present from the start on Friday through the end of the retreat on Sunday. If you need to withdraw from the retreat because of a conflict that arises, please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the weekend so we can provide the space to an alternate who'd like to attend.
Because this is the first year Union is hosting this program, the retreat will be on campus in College Park Hall. Students will sleep in their residence hall/house rooms and will be expected to be responsible with their "down time" (including getting enough sleep to be alert!) and with being at the retreat when it starts each morning.