About the Appliation Process
The application is composed of information about the retreat, personal information, affiliations, t-shirt size, etc. for the planning purposes of the retreat, and short answer questions. The selection process is focused on the answers you provide in the short answer section.
Please fill out the application completely and submit it as soon as possible. All applications must be turned in by
Friday, November 1 by 4:00pm
. Decisions will be made by the end of the following week and you will be contacted about the status of your application via email.
Description of the Retreat
The Next Step Social Justice Retreat is a new event at Union that gives students a forum in which to further develop knowledge and skills to support them in becoming better change agents around areas of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, religious oppression, classism, global citizenship and many various identities and power differences. The Next Step Social Justice Retreat is a program that has been presented at a number of colleges and universities around the country including Colorado
State University, California State University at Los Angeles, The University of Vermont, Chapman University, and others!
To be an effective social justice activist, the Next Step Steering Committee believes that we must start by understanding our own identities and stories in order to understand more about one another. Half of the retreat will be spent in small guided groups with a student facilitator and staff/faculty facilitator exploring these concepts. Through large and small group activities, participants at the retreat will explore ally development, stereotypes, privilege, oppression, coalition-building and
grassroots organizing along with building community, organization and personal connections with one another.
Information About the Facilitation Team
The Next Step Social Justice Retreat 2014 will require a facilitation team of 8-12 facilitators and 2 on-site coordinators with specific roles. Half of the facilitators will be undergraduate students, and half of facilitators will be staff/faculty members.
Each student facilitator will be paired with a staff/faculty facilitator and asked to facilitate sustained dialogue with a small group of participants throughout the retreat. Together they will work with that group post-retreat to support action and further development. Most of the content for the retreat is already developed and will be presented during facilitator training.
On-site coordinators are full time staff or faculty members who ideally but not necessarily have prior experience with the retreat, who are often behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly and handling any challenges that come up throughout the weekend.
Are You Ready for the Next Step?
The facilitator selection and training process is rigorous to be sure that we have a prepared and experienced team to support the overall retreat experience. While this voluntary opportunity requires significant time commitment, most previous facilitators from other Next Step programs will tell you that this is one of the best experiences they have had at their university. The Union Next Step Social Justice Retreat Facilitator Application includes written questions addressed to students, staff,
administrators and faculty who are interested in applying to facilitate. The application includes a commitment to attend the required meetings and training times in preparation for the retreat. Additionally applicants may be contacted by a Steering Committee Member to participate in a short interview with a Steering Committee Member if selected as a finalist and additional information is needed.
The Next Step Steering Committees understands that facilitating requires a significant time commitment for a voluntary experience and we thank you for your interest in and willingness to apply to facilitate this important experience for Union students.
Fees & Compensation
As a thank you to our facilitation team - all materials, and food at the retreat are covered. We do not provide any additional stipends or honorariums because of our limited budget.
Who Can Apply as a Facilitator?
Since this is the first year of this retreat at Union, all students are welcome to apply to facilitate. Union staff, administrators and faculty members with a passion for social justice and a willingness to connect with students in a casual setting outside of the classroom/office are encouraged to apply to facilitate as a volunteer for the weekend.