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There are several retreats that support social change offered at Oregon State: Racial Aikido, Multiracial Aikido, 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 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.
Racial Aikido explores the experiences of Students of Color (SOC) at OSU and beyond. Our focus for the 2021 experience 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 or any accommodations related to disabilities, please contact: [email protected]
Stay tuned for updates on Racial Aikido 2023 offerings! If you would like to be involved with Racial Aikido, please contact: [email protected].
Mixed Beavs is formerly known as the Multiracial Aikido retreat. Past retreats were spaces for participants to unpack the complexity of multiraciality and learn navigational tools to combat racism. For Spring 2022, the retreat experience is being transformed into a learning and community-building opportunity, called Mixed Beavs. The format for this experience is two-fold, the learning journey with self-guided reflections will be in Canvas; and in-person events will take place in May.
Mixed Beavs is an umbrella term we use to include and uplift the diverse experiences of Multiracial/ethnic, Biracial, Multitribal, Transracial Adoptee, or mixed heritage people.
Since our founding in 2016, we continue to iterate our offerings that facilitate meaningful engagement and mentorship opportunities allowing students to deepen understanding of mixed heritage identities, as well as their responsibilities as change agents. We believe in creating opportunities for reflection and replenishment as a way to support ourselves and our communities.
We hope that the off-site retreat experience will return in 2023. Please see below for further details on the Spring 2022 offering.
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.
Stay tuned for ISSJ 2022 updates! This year, we are looking to have a half-day community-building event for international students!
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.
Please see below for further details on the Spring 2022 offering. For questions or inquiries, email [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.
Who: our primary audience is undergraduate and graduate students, however, OSU staff and faculty are welcome to participate.
What: Engage on our learning platform and attend a community-building event(s). This is a non-credit experience.
When: Spring 2022
Time commitment: ~5 hours during the spring quarter
Community-building events: Monday, May 9 @ 4pm & Tuesday, May 24 @ 4pm, locations TBA
How to register: https://beav.es/wBE
How to receive a Mixed Beavs sweatshirt: Complete the program and sweatshirts will be available free to students who fulfill the requirements below, until supplies last. Staff and faculty are eligible to purchase a sweatshirt after fulfilling the requirements.
If you have questions, please email: [email protected]
Spring Student Series: An invitation into anti-racist growth
This 2 part virtual series is designed for White-identified students to deepen their understanding of and commitment to racial justice work and anti-racism practice. Participants will engage 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 will explore how anchoring this work to our common humanity increases our ability to develop authentic relationships and sustain engagement over the long term. This offering is a part of a movement to grow a community of White students committed to racial justice at OSU. Join us!
Please note, these sessions are interactive and will include small group conversation and dialogue. When registering, keep in mind we are asking you to commit to engaging fully and intentionally in both sessions.
Open to the OSU student community, these sessions are designed for White-identified students. The sessions will provide space that invites White folx to critically and emotionally sit with our Whiteness and racism. People are invited to make choices about attending the sessions based on this information. Sessions will include large group and small group activities and dialogue. Learn more about the role of White affinity spaces here.
Applications will be accepted until the series is full.
For accommodations related to disabilities, please contact [email protected]. Please try to provide one week notice for accommodation requests.