» Chapman Next Step Social Justice Retreat

The Chapman Next Step Social Justice Retreat is an annual event that occurs every February. Next Step gives students a forum in which to further develop knowledge, skills, and motivations for becoming better change agents in their communities around social justice issues.

The retreat is a model adapted from the Next Step Retreat at the University of Vermont that was collaboratively developed by numerous dedicated student affairs professionals, students, faculty and social justice educators hoping to make a positive impact in their community.

Are You Ready For The Next Step?

Next Step Applications

Next Step Applications Participant applications will be open from November 9 through November 25.

Participation in Next Step Includes:

Participation in Next Step Includes:

  •  Deepening your awareness of identity
  •  Developing your understanding of community
  •  Sharing your story and hopes for our world
  •  Building new relationships
  •  Learning about social justice issues
  •  Developing skills and experience for effective civic engagement

Benefits of the Retreat

Benefits of the Retreat

  •  Participation in a dialogue group of 7-9 participants & 2 facilitators
  •  Full group activities on identity, power & equity
  •  Film screening & discussion
  •  Evening workshops planned by participants
  •  Personal action planning
  •  Stress relief space for reflection & recharging
  •  Unstructured breaks for socializing, networking, & coalition-building
  •  T-shirt & certificate of completion provided to all participants
  •  Accommodations, meals, & transportation included
  •  Direct access to staff, faculty, and student leaders & activists