Social Justice Retreat

Social Justice Retreat

The annual Social Justice Retreat is held each fall 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 and equality.

Each year a group of about 30 students from many backgrounds, identities and belief systems are taken to an off-campus retreat location where they engage in an experiential-based, thought-provoking and unforgettable experience.

The Social Justice Retreat is designed to help participants build a foundational understanding of social justice over the course of three days.

What is social justice?

Social justice a goal of transforming society into one where all individuals, regardless of identity or affiliation, have equal access to opportunities and resources in an environment free of discrimination and oppression. It is also a process where as members of society, we examine our part in maintaining the status quo or in striving for change.

Who can participate?

All undergraduate students at UC Merced may participate. You do NOT have to have a specific level of knowledge or previous experience. We encourage students of all backgrounds, identities and belief systems to participate.

How can I participate?

Complete and submit the online application - COMING SOON - and pay your $20 participant fee at the Office of Student Life (KL 184) by Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. In the event that there are more applications than spaces available, applicants will be selected by evaluating your response to why you are interested in attending the Social Justice Retreat and what you hope to gain from the experience. If you are not selected to attend, your $20 participant fee will be returned.

How long is the retreat?

We will depart Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. and return between 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday. The entire time will be structured; however, we will provide participants adequate time to themselves.

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!


(Space is limited!)

Date: October 23-25, 2015
Location: Wonder Valley Ranch