Group of people on the coast with a white text overlay: Social Justice Retreats

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 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.

 

Retreat dates from the 2018-2019 academic year are scheduled:

  • Multiracial Aikido; 01/11/19 - 01/13/19
  • International Student Social Justice Retreat; 01/11/19 - 01/13/19
  • Examining White Identity; 01/11/19 - 01/13/19
  • Racial Aikido; 01/25/19 - 01/27/19

 

Racial Aikido Retreat 

Racial Aikido seeks to empower students using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that certain communities-particularly communities that have experienced historical trauma due to racism may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools 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 privilege, power and positionality, 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. 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.

Multiracial Aikido 

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. 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.

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. 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.

Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat 

The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat focuses on White identity development in both personal and institutional contexts, while introducing strategies to help students understand their relationships to others, and provide students the skills to help build community among diverse communities. This retreat helps students understand how notions of  race and difference  have been constructed historically, how they affect us today, and how best to interrupt discriminatory behaviors and to  develop a global mindset that is rooted in social responsibility for our shared community. 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.

Examining White Identity for Faculty and Staff

Faculty facilitators of the EWI in a Multicultural World retreat facilitate similar curriculum for faculty and staff at Oregon State University. Administered as a workshop through the Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI), EWI for faculty and staff provides a focused learning opportunity to explore issues of power, privilege, and oppression related to white identity. Workshop offerings are intermittment, check the SJEI web page for the most up to date schedule and registration. 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.

 

Get Involved! 

Interested in participating in any of these retreats? 

  • To apply to Multiracial Aikido, CLICK HERE

  • To apply to the International Student Social Justice Retreat, CLICK HERE

  • To apply to Examining White Identity, CLICK HERE

  • To apply to Racial Aikido, CLICK HERE 

If you have questions, please visit our FAQs page or email sjretreats@oregonstate.edu