» Next Step Social Justice Retreat

Chapman University's Next Step Social Justice Retreat 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 three-day retreat is informed by the notion that, in order to be an effective agents of change in our democratic system, we must continue to understand the nuanced realities and perspectives of others.  Through large and small group activities, participants will spend time learning about current issues and notions of allyship, stereotyping, privilege, oppression, coalition-building, advocacy, and grassroots organizing while building a sense of community.  Students interested in deeper immersion should also consider participating in the Alternative Break Program.

Next Step Applications

Next Step Applications Facilitator and Participant applications for the 2018 retreat will open in Fall 2017.

Participation in Next Step Includes:

Participation in Next Step Includes:

  • Activities on identity, power, equity, and current issues
  • Evening workshop topics identified by participants
  • Personal action planning
  • Stress relief space for reflection & recharging
  • Unstructured breaks for socializing, networking, & coalition-building
  • T-shirt & certificate of completion
  • Accommodations, meals, & transportation included

Benefits of the Retreat

Benefits of the Retreat

  • Deepening your awareness of identity
  • Connecting with faculty, staff, and students committed to civic engagement
  • Sharing your social justice journey and hopes for a better world
  • Critical thinking and perspective-taking around social justice issues
  • Developing your skillset for effective civic engagement