The University of Minnesota offers many opportunities, but few are as powerful as the January 15-17 Social Justice Leadership Retreat (SJLR). The SJLR focuses on developing and fostering diversity and social justice leaders committed to improving the campus climate for all students and working towards a more just society. The 3 day retreat takes 56 students along with 18 facilitators away from campus to explore issues of identity, oppression, and how to make an impact on campus and in the community after the retreat. Over 500 students have attended our retreats over the last six years and those students are having a powerful impact on campus and in the community using what they learned and the connections they made.
This retreat involves students of all class levels, majors, and identities and utilizes interactive activities, personal story telling, and the collective wisdom of those who are attending. If you are someone who believes in a safe and inclusive campus, enjoys meeting new people, is comfortable sharing and listening to stories, and is looking for powerful experiences that will last a lifetime, then this retreat is for you! When past participants were asked if they would recommend this retreat to other University of Minnesota student over 80% answered "Strongly Agree" and almost all of the others answered "Agree."
To find out more information about the retreat and to apply online, please check out our website. The application deadline for the retreat is Thursday, November 11.
This is an important opportunity that all students should consider. It is open to all students, so feel free to pass this message on to residents, friends, and classmates that you think might be interested.
Here are some important details about the retreats:
When: January 15-17, departing at 12:45 PM on the 15th and returning around 4 PM on 17th
Where: Camp Friendship (60 miles northwest of the Twin Cities)
Who: 56 students and 18 facilitators from all areas of campus, students living on campus and off campus are welcome to apply
Cost: Participants are requested to pay a $20 materials fee (Scholarships are available upon request. No one will be turned away for financial reasons). All other expenses, including transportation, food, and lodging, will be covered by the University of Minnesota. The fee does not need to be paid until early December.