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Social Justice Retreat

About the Retreat:

The annual Social Justice Retreat is being held this Spring 2021 semester in a virtual format and is open to all undergraduate students who are interested in furthering their understanding of social justice, exploration of one's identities, and engaging in equity work. The three days of the Social Justice Retreat are used to facilitate a journey for each student in exploring their own identities, sharing their personal story with a small group, listening to the personal stories of others, and attending training sessions on privilege, understanding intersectionality, navigating difficult dialogue, and what all of this means for authentic leadership.

Watch the 2021 Information Session Recording HERE: 

https://ucmerced.zoom.us/rec/share/ifEmIigOMHsXElXcdz0_ykuNHU1i2oTrV_gyOUBmMJ-pH7FXSqKosAKt5EKP_57w.SbJEAmrzT_epm52U

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Mission & Objectives

The mission of the annual Social Justice Retreat is to develop equity-minded, socially-conscious, self-aware scholar change agents, and to facilitate experiences to help these scholar change agents in developing a support network across campus, skills to be an ally to many identity groups, and courage to be a leader for social justice in any space. This occurs through a variety of educational sessions around the concepts of social justice, oppression, and community leadership, through interactions with peers, alumni, and campus staff, and through exploring one’s own story and the stories of others.

2021 Social Justice Retreat Learning Outcomes

As a result of participation in the 2021 Virtual Social Justice Retreat Scholars will be able to:

differentiate between assorted social justice concepts and theories in order to define social justice and equity for themselves;

articulate the process of transforming lack of awareness to advocacy and allyship using the Allyship Continuum;

deconstruct one’s biases and further explore personal intersectional experiences;

use empathy and perspective-taking strategies to effectively navigate dialogue around equity and justice;

create and articulate one’s personal approach to inclusive and authentic leadership.

What is the Social Justice Leadership Retreat?

When offered in person, the Social Justice 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. Fourteen successful retreats have taken place since January 2005.

This year's virtual retreat will allow for up to 40 undergraduate students to engage in these experiences from near and far. It will still span three days, with abbreviated sessions on Friday late afternoon/evening and Sunday morning, and a full day on Saturday, to still allow for the personal time needed at home while operating remotely.

How can I participate?

Please email socialjustice@ucmerced.edu to sign up for the 2021 Virtual Social Justice Retreat. Last day to sign up is Friday, January 29th at 3:00PM PST.