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EnVision Social Justice Leadership Retreat

Join us for EnVision on Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Application Deadline extended to  Wednesday, October 24, 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 EnVision2

Who is EnVision for?

EnVision is for any student with a desire to learn about others and share your story, across differences. In other words, if you are interested in learing about social justice and how different identities experience various power and privileges in the world, you are welcome to apply. No previous experience is necessary, just bring a willingness to learn and an open mind. You do not have to plan to attend enVision2 .

Is there a cost to attend?

No. All costs associated with the retreat, including housing, food and transportation, are covered with the University. However, accepted students must pay a $25 deposit to reserve their spot which will be returned after the retreat, unless you do not attend. 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 November 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.  We ask that students come with a desire to participate  and a willingness to listen to and learn from others. 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 Wednesday, October 24, at midnight.

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 dining hall on site.

Are there any Information Sessions where I can learn more?

Wednesday, October 18 at 6:00 pm and Friday, October 20 at 5:00 pm, both in THC 329.

What if I have more questions?

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

enVision Info Sessions

Check back in September for information on Information Sessions!