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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.
SJR2021 Update: due to COVID-19, we will be transforming our retreats to suit an online format! See below for updates on individual retreats.
2021 Update: Final details are still being confirmed on our schedule. We will likely meet on Friday, March 26 at 4-6pm PST and on Saturday, March 27 at 9am-3pm PST
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.
Racial Aikido will be a completely remote experience this year. We anticipate using Zoom to facilitate our time together. Final details are still being confirmed on our schedule. We will likely meet on Friday, March 26 at 4-6pm PST and on Saturday, March 27 at 9am-3pm PST with multiple breaks in-between that time.
Our priority deadline for applications is Friday, March 12, 2021. Applications will be accepted until retreat is full. Check out the application here: https://uhds.link/racialaikido
For more information or any accommodations related to disabilities, please contact: [email protected]
2021 Update: MRA2021 will occur in a remote format through January 8th - 10th! See below for more details.
Multiracial Aikido (MRA) is founded on the principles and history of the Racial Aikido retreat. MRA explores systems of racial oppression and centers experiences of multiracial, multiethnic, transracial, and mixed heritage individuals.
We offer a supportive learning environment for participants to unpack racial and ethnic identity through storytelling and to build a community of peers and mentors who support their growth. We hope that by the end of the retreat participants will have found commonality in their various experiences and identify tools to navigate, heal, and make meaning as racialized beings in a U.S. context.
2021 Update: ISSJ 2021 is currently TBA, but we are hoping to provide a virtual opportunity in Spring 2021!
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.
2021 Update: Examining White Identity Student Spring Series: An invitation into anti-racist growth!
Tuesdays 5-7pm PST in U.S. - March 30th, April 6th & April 13th
This 3 part 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 love 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-identified students committed to racial justice at OSU. Join us!
Participant Application - Apply by Friday, March 12th 2021
Questions: Contact us at [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.
Interested in participating in any of these retreats? Please use the links below to sign-up!