EnVision2 Social Justice Leadership Retreat

Join us for EnVision2 on February 20-22, 2015!

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.

Who is it for?

EnVision2 is for all UR students who have a basic understanding of diversity and social justice and are now looking to make a difference in their communities.  EnVision2 focuses on skills for organizing, activism, and becoming a change agent.  While you do not have to have attended enVision to attend enVision2, it is recommended.

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?

EnVision2 will take place the weekend of February 20-22, 2015 off campus. We will leave campus at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday by 2:00 pm. Students must be available for the entire duration of the retreat in order to attend.

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.  EnVision2 allows students to practice skills for organizing and apply it to their campus communities.

Who is the staff of EnVision?

Members of the staff of Common Ground, the Chaplaincy, the Center for Civic Engagement, Admission, Multicultural Affairs, Westhampton College among other UR staff, faculty, and alumni have staffed enVision and enVision2. 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 applications are open now and the deadline to apply is Sunday,  February 1, 2015 by 11:59 pm.

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

EnVision2 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?

EnVision2 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.

Are there any Information Sessions where I can learn more?

Yes! We have two information sessions scheduled this spring to learn more about enVision2. They will be Monday, January 26, 2015 at 4pm in THC 329 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 5:00pm in THC 329. No reservations are required, just stop on in and learn more about the retreat.

What if I have more questions?

We welcome your questions! Contact Glyn Hughes ghughes@richmond.edu or Ted Lewis tlewis3@richmond.edu in Common Ground with your questions.