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Next Step: Social Justice Retreat
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» 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 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 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 participants in green shirts posing and hugging. Facilitator applications will open in Fall 2018

  • Undergraduate Student Facilitator
  • Graduate Student Facilitator
  • Faculty/Staff Facilitator

Participant applications will open in Fall 2018

Participation in Next Step Includes:

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  • Workshops on individual journeys with social justice, current issues, and advocacy
  • Evening activities 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

Group of Chapman Next Step Retreat participants posing outside together

  • Deepening your awareness of civic engagement and social justice
  • Connecting with civically-engaged faculty, staff, and students
  • 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