Are you interested in learning about social justice here at OSU? The Intercultural Student Services office, in cooperation with other offices within the Division of Student Affairs, has started registration for Winter term social justice retreats. Both are detailed below. Please visit the ISS Retreats page for further information.
There will also be an information session for students to learn more about the retreats on Thursday, November 20th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in MU 208.
Racial Aikido Retreat
Racial Aikido seeks to empower Students of Color at predominantly White institutions (PWI) using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that People of Color may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools for People of Color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism. By the conclusion of the retreat students will have a better understanding of White privilege, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of their multiple identities. Students will learn by active participation how to recognize racism, respond to racism in a self-affirming and positive manner that is appropriate for the situation, and replenish by taking care of their needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self. This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR.
Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat
The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat focuses on White identity development, White privilege, and oppression in both personal and institutional contexts, and introduces strategies to dismantle oppressive systems. We will look atways that understanding these issues will help us address White privilege and oppression in ourselves and with other White people and become better allies for social justice. This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 9-11, 2015 at the B’nai B’rith Camp near Lincoln City, OR.
If you have any questions about either of these retreats, or need to request accommodations, please contact Miguel Arellano at Miguel.Arellano@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9857
To learn more about the retreats or to apply for a retreat please go to Web address: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/iss/retreats