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TIDE Retreat

What is TIDE?

TIDE is an overnight retreat specifically for student organization leaders and members. The goal of TIDE is for students to develop skills related to diversity, equity, and inclusion that they can use to enable their organizations to be more inclusive. TIDE affords participants with a chance to work with, and learn from, other student org leaders and members.


What should I know?
  • Shuttles will depart UR on Fri., Sep. 27, at 3:00 p.m. and return to UR on Sat., Sep. 28, at 5:00 p.m.
  • This is an overnight, off-campus retreat; you must stay at the retreat site the entire time.
  • Each organization should plan to bring 2-4 members. This will allow for you - as a cohort - to work together when you return to campus. Please talk with other members of your organization about who wants to come to assure we get 2-4 applications from your group. 
  • Each student can represent one organization only (even if they will apply some of what they learn to other groups).
Who should attend?

It would be ideal to have a mix of student leaders and active younger members of the organization attend the retreat together. Exec board members may transition out before they can implement any of the ideas they get at the retreat. All members at large may find they aren't close enough to leadership to implement any changes either. So ideally, talk among your org members and find folks from across the group who are sincerely interested in the topic. Their role in the organization is less important than their interest in learning about how to apply themes of diversity and inclusion into their organization.

How can I apply?

The deadline to apply for the TIDE retreat has passed.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to students due to the generosity of the following campus departments: Office of Common Ground, Chaplaincy, Center for Student Involvement, and the Weinstein Center for Recreation. However, if students sign up and do not attend, please be prepared to off-set some of those costs, either personally or through your organization's funds, as the retreat will cost the University over $150 per person.

Where is the retreat being held?

TIDE will be held at Holly Knoll, the historic site of the retirement home of Dr. Robert Moton. Located in Gloucester County, Virginia, the location sports a Georgian-style manor house which overlooks the York River. Several other buildings on-site serve as dorm-style accommodations and small group meeting spaces. Meals will be prepared and served by an on-site caterer. It is approximately 1 1/2 hours from campus.

What should I expect?

The retreat is highly interactive, with a blend of small and large group work. We will have students representing all different types of student organizations and expect to spend some time talking together, learning together, and developing concrete plans that can benefit your organizations when you get back to campus. We ask that students come with an open mind, a desire to participate, and a willingness to listen to and learn from others. More information will be shared in a mandatory orientation meeting before we depart.

What if I have more questions?

We welcome your questions! Contact Lisa Miles in Common Ground, or Josh Jeffreys in the Chaplaincy, with your questions.