There are several retreats that support social change offered at Oregon State: Racial Aikido, Mixed Beavs, International Student Social Justice Retreat, and Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World. As a partnership between Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), Office of Institutional Diversity, and University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), these traditionally weekend long retreats promote 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.

Racial Aikido Retreat 

Racial Aikido explores the experiences of Students of Color (SOC) at OSU and beyond. Our focus is on community-building, the recognition of identity and racism, and response and replenishment to these realities. Our goal is to build a supportive network to learn and thrive at OSU and beyond. 

For more information, any involvement inquiries, or to request any accommodations related to disabilities, please contact: [email protected]  


Please see below for further details on the Spring 2024 offering!


Multiracial & Transracial Aikido (part of Mixed Beavs)

The purpose of the Multiracial & Transracial Aikido retreat is to offer a supportive learning environment for students and facilitators to lean into:​

  • the connectedness in mixedness;​
  • unpacking identity;​
  • and, all of the complexities.​

This retreat is meant for Multiracial/ethnic, Biracial, Multitribal, Transracial Adoptee, or mixed heritage people to deepen our understanding of our mixed heritage identities, and reflect on our responsibilities as change agents.

For Spring Term 2024, we’re looking forward to a 1-day, in-person retreat on Saturday April 27th



International Student Social Justice Retreat

The International Students’ Social Justice Retreat was launched at OSU in February 2016 in the spirit of initiating dialogue on issues of diversity, ethnicity, race, and nationality in the U.S., this retreat helps international students understand the socio-historical American narrative on race and ethnicity, and provides international students with skills to manage and disrupt discrimination based on their perceived identities.

ISSJ is currently aiming for a Spring 2024 Gathering!

Be on the lookout for events hosted by the ASOSU International Student Lounge as well!


Examining White Identity

EWI offerings have been designed for White-identified students to deepen their understanding of and commitment to racial justice work and anti-racism practice. In past retreats and online offerings, participants engaged in storytelling, dialogue, embodiment exercises, and more in order to gain strategies and tools for engaging in racial justice conversations, disrupting racism, and identifying next steps on their personal journeys. Together, we explored how anchoring this work to love increases our ability to develop authentic relationships and sustain engagement over the long term. EWI offerings are a part of a movement to grow a community of White-identified students committed to racial justice at OSU.

The 2023-2024 EWI offering took place on February 10, 2024. For questions, inquiries, or resources, please contact [email protected].


Student Affairs is dedicated to principles of equity and social justice, and as such, all of our events and programs are inclusive to all who are committed to transformative learning.


If you have questions, please visit our FAQs page or email [email protected] 

Racial Aikido

Save the Date: Friday, April 19th & Saturday, April 20th 2024

Location: CH2M Hill Alumni Center


Application Link: Qualtrics Form

  • Applications Due: Monday, March 18th 2024


Racial Aikido is a social justice retreat to empower students of color using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish.

For more information to to request disability accommodations,please contact: [email protected]