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EnVision Social Justice Leadership Retreat

Join us for EnVision2 on Friday, February 17 - 19, 2017
Application Deadline is Sunday, January 29, 2017

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 develop practical skills to become effective change agents, which they can apply to any issue they care about. Students do not have to attend both sections, but should have a basic understanding of social justice principles when applying to EnVision 2. 

Who is EnVision 2 for?

EnVision2 is for any student with a basic understanding of the concepts of power, privilege, and equity who are now interested in learning how to work effectively for social justice. In other words, if through EnVision, or similar learning experiences you have decided that you would like to take an active role in creating positive change in your community, EnVision2 is a great way to learn how to do that. EnVision2 is also great for student leaders looking to make UR a more intentionally inclusive campus community.

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. If this causes financial concern, please contact Common Ground staff and we will work something out.

When is it?

EnVision will take place the weekend of February 17-19 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, learning the skills of effective activism like coalition-building and then having some time to use what you learned to create action plans around a social issue of your choice. And there will be a healthy dose of fun. It's also a great opportunity to meet other highly engaged students who share your desire to live in a more just community. 

Who is the staff of EnVision?

UR faculty & staff and alumni serve as facilitators for EnVision and EnVision2.

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

The application is open and the deadline to apply is Sunday, January 29, at midnight.

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! Monday, January 23 at 4:30 pm and Friday, January 27 at 4:00 pm in THC 329.

What if I have more questions?

We welcome your questions! Contact Lisa Miles or Glyn Hughes in Common Ground with your questions. 

enVision Info Sessions

Check back in September for information on Information Sessions!