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Social Justice Retreat

General Information:
The Social Justice Retreat will be Friday, October 6th - Sunday, October 8th, 2017
(UC Merced Departure: 1pm and leave Wonder Valley at 6pm)
 
About the Retreat:
The annual Social Justice Retreat is held each fall semester and is open to all undergraduate students who are interested in learning about, as well as those who are looking for opportunities to further their understanding of social justice, exploration of one's identities, and engaging in equity work.
 
What is the Social Justice Leadership Retreat?
Social Justice Initiatives Retreat takes approximately 40 students with student/staff facilitators away from campus for three days and two nights of amazing activities and storytelling. After arriving mid-afternoon on day one, the group spends time developing trust and relationships in small groups with facilitators, as well as participating in large-group activities. 
 
The following two days are used to facilitate a journey for each student in exploring their own identities, sharing their personal story in their small group, listening to the personal stories of others, and attending training sessions on privilege, understanding personal identities, and what all of this means in leadership. Eleven successful retreats have taken place since January 2005.
 
Mission/Goals
The Social Justice Leadership Retreat is designed to help educate students about the concepts of social justice and community leadership through exploration of their own stories, the stories of others, and issues of oppression and privilege, as well as developing contacts and support networks across campus and skills to be an ally to many different groups.
 
Through exposure to theory and extensive experiential learning situations, students will accomplish the following:
• Gain new knowledge around social justice issues
• Sharpen skills of self-awareness
• Learn how to integrate what they gain from the retreat into their lives and into the lives of others
 
What is included at the retreat?
•Round-trip transportation to and from the retreat location
•All meals 
•Comfortable lodging
•A learning experience you won’t forget!
 
How can I participate?
Complete the online application and submit. You application will be reviewed and once confirmed, you will need to provide a $20 deposit to the front desk of the Office of Student Life (KL 184) by Friday, September 22, 2017 by 5pm.
Fill out the application form: http://tinyurl.com/sjiretreat2017
 
All deposits will be returned after the retreat; if, however, you do not arrive in time to be on the bus, your deposit will not be returned.
 
NOTE: First-time retreat applicants will have priority in the selection process.