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Join us for EnVision on February 28th - March 2nd!

Info Sessions Monday, Feb 3, 4-5 pm and Thursday, Feb 6 5-6 pm in THC 329

What is EnVision?

EnVision is a two-part off-campus leadership retreat for students interested in working toward a more equitable society and campus community. In EnVision, students will focus on their multiple and intersecting identities, and how the principles of empathy, community, dialogue, and justice can help us in pursuit of inclusive community. EnVision2 participants explore systemic and institutional issues of power and privilege and learn how to apply their knowledge to become effective change agents.

In the 2013-14 academic year we will be offering two sessions of EnVision, with the next session being offered in February 2014. It does not presume any prior experience with diversity workshops or training. EnVision2 will be offered again in spring 2015.

Who is it for?

EnVision is for all UR students with an interest in learning about issues of difference and social justice, regardless of the school or college they attend or their year of graduation. They should be willing to learn from and with their peers and the facilitators. Students from all backgrounds and identities have attended EnVision and are welcome to apply.

Is there a cost to attend?

No. All costs associated with the retreat are covered with the University. However, accepted students must pay a $25 deposit to reserve their spot which will be returned after the retreat.

When is it?

EnVision will take place the weekend of February 28th - March 2nd, 2014 off campus. We will leave campus around 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday by 2:00 pm.

What will it be like?

The retreat is highly interactive, with a blend of small and large group work, some deep thinking mixed in with quiet reflection, and a healthy dose of fun. Most previous EnVision students would thoroughly recommend it to their peers, and have made meaningful friendships with the other students who attended with them.

Who is the staff of EnVision?

Members of the staff of Common Ground, the Chaplaincy, the Center for Civic Engagement, Admission among other UR staff, faculty, and alumni have staffed enVision. There will be a mix of staff from those offices at this year's retreat.

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

The EnVision application is available on-line now and the deadline to apply is Sunday, February 9 at 11:59 pm.

Why is there an application process? Does it mean I might not get to go?

EnVision has slots for about 25 students. The application helps to determine who is most interested in attending and ensures a broad variety of students will be represented.

Where is the retreat being held and what will the accommodations be like?

EnVision will be held at a local retreat center just off campus.  Students will stay comfortably in dorm style housing and meals are served in the dinning hall on site.

What if I have more questions?

We welcome your questions! Contact Glyn Hughes, Lisa Miles or Ted Lewis in Common Ground with your questions. Or come learn about the retreat at a short Information Session on Monday, February 3 at 4:00 pm or Thursday, February 6 at 5:00 pm in THC 329.