The UFMC retreats are unique off-campus opportunities focusing on identity and leadership development. The retreats bring together individuals from different backgrounds to promote cultural competence and build new friendships and a network of allies. All retreats are fun, free, and open to all USD students!
"Greater Than Yourself" Retreat
Annual retreat takes place in late September
Pine Valley, CA
The annual Greater Than Yourself (GTY) Retreat is a free, two and a half day program bringing together a diverse set of students to explore personal awareness and identity, learn leadership concepts and strategies, and build campus relationships and alliances. Participants develop their knowledge of self and others, enhance their awareness of intergroup dynamics, and expand their "toolkits" of campus resources and involvement opportunities. Students return to campus relationships, organizations, and other involvements with new knowledge to promote understanding and networks for action. The retreat is co-sponsored by the United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC), the Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC), and Associated Students. To learn more, click here.
"Social Justice" Retreat
Annual Retreat takes place during Spring semester.
Pine Valley, CA
The purpose of the Social Justice Retreat is to create a space for students of all backgrounds to explore issues of identity and privilege,oppression, and how concepts connect them to larger societal systems and as a student leader at USD. In this two-and-a-half-day retreat, students will have an opportunity to explore their own identities, share one's own and listen to others' personal stories, and learn about social justice and leadership concepts.
Participants will be challenged to understand their experience as the grounds for developing critcal perspectives and actions directed toward social change (Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 2007). The hope is that through this retreat, participants will begin to understand how dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression show up in their lives and on campus, ultimately resulting in a positive influence towards USD's campus climate.