There are several retreats that support social change offered at Oregon State: Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido, Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World, and Examining White Identity for Faculty and Staff. As a partnership between Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), these weekend long retreats promote a campus dialogue about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions.

The retreat dates for the 2016/2017 Academic Year are below:

January 20-22, 2017: Racial Aikido & Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World

January 27 & 28: Multiracial Aikido & International Student Social Justice Retreat

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Racial Aikido Retreat 

Racial Aikido seeks to empower students of color at predominantly White insititutions (PWIs) 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, you will have a better understanding of White privilege, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of your multiple identities. You'll learn by active participation just 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 your needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

Here's what participants of Racial Aikido had to say about their experience:

Racial Aikido Video

Multiracial Aikido 

Multiracial Aikido is a one-day experience grounded in the principles of the Racial Aikido retreat. By the end of the experience, you will have a better understanding of your multiracial identities, explore the role of physical appearance, family, and build community with other students and staff at OSU.

Please note that this one-day experience will be held in 2017, details forthcoming.

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, while introducing strategies to dismantle oppressive systems. We will look at ways 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.

Examining White Identity for Faculty and Staff 

Faculty facilitators of the EWI in a Multicultural World retreat are hosting a pilot experience for faculty and staff. This one-and-a-half day, experiential, on-campus retreat will focus on: white identity, socialization, institutional racism and dominance. 

We will work to build our capacity to dismantle oppressive systems, and we will build a network for continued dialogue and learning. Join us in 2017, details forthcoming. To register, please visit:  

All white (self-identified) faculty and staff are invited to sign up. Capacity is limited. However, we will continue to accept registrations after all spaces have been filled, and you will have the option to indicate your interest in future opportunities as they become available.


Get Involved with these Retreats! 

Interested in participating in any of these retreats? Or, maybe you'd like to become a mentor? 

Particpant applications are due December 2nd.

Mentor applications are due Friday, October 21st.

If you have any questions about any of the retreats, please send us a message.