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    Social Justice Leadership Retreat

Race, Racism, & Racial Healing


What is the Social Justice Leadership Retreat?

Housing and Residential Life’s Social Justice Leadership Retreat, also known as SJLR,  has been in existence for 16 years. The retreat invites undergraduate students and a team of UMN staff facilitators for an off-campus (three days and two nights) experience focused on various issues of social justice. 

The 2020 SJLR experience will be the 17th annual retreat and is re-envisioned to guide students on an intentional journey of self-reflection centered on race, racism, and racial healing. On night one, student participants are guided through a series of reflection exercises that encourage the exploration of their individual racial identity and how it has shaped their lived experiences. Day two of the retreat brings together the collective group of participants toward an immersion experience where we engage in storytelling exercises centered in historical perspectives, and present day racism in our society. On the final day of the retreat, participants move toward action by centering antiracist skill-building to transform the group into a cohort of antiracist changemakers working toward a more positive campus climate.

Mission/Goals

The Social Justice Leadership Retreat is designed to help educate students about the concepts of social justice and community leadership. Through extensive experiential learning activities, students will accomplish the following:

  • Gain new knowledge around social justice issues
  • Sharpen skills of self-awareness
  • Learn how to integrate knowledge learned into their lives and the campus community

Camp Information

When: January 17 – January 19, 2020
Where: Camp Friendship (Annandale, MN, 60 miles northwest of the Twin Cities)
Who: Undergraduate students and Full-time staff facilitators from all areas of campus

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