Facilitation Team Application, Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Feb. 6-8, 2015 in Mentone, CA
About the Application Process
The application is composed of the first page of information, second page of personal information, affiliations, t-shirt size, etc. for the planning purposes of the retreat, and third page of 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 Sunday, November 2 by 11:59pm PST. 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 an annual event at Chapman University 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. 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 2015 will require a facilitation team of 14-16 facilitators and 4 on-site coordinators with specific roles. Half of the facilitators will be undergraduate/graduate students, and half of facilitators will be staff/faculty members. All on-site coordinators must be full-time staff/faculty members. Each student facilitator will be paired with a staff/faculty facilitator and facilitate dialogue with a small group of participants throughout the retreat days. 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 facilitation training. Facilitators assist with retreat activities based on their level of comfort and experience, and all responsibilities are voluntary.
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. Coordinator roles include:
- Two Administrative Chair roles, one that focuses on transitions at the retreat, and one that focuses on records and photography. Both roles include responsibilities involving logistics, supplies, and communication with the facilitation team, transportation company, Chapman and the retreat site.
- A Process Consultant who focuses on the group dynamics of the overall retreat group as well as dynamics within and among facilitators on the facilitation team. This person leads facilitator trainings and process meetings and has significant background and training in nonverbal communication, group dynamics, dynamics of oppression as they relate to groups, and a broad range of social justice content knowledge. This role must have prior experience with the retreat, ideally 2 years or more.
- Health & Wellness Consultant having both current First Aid & CPR certifications for this role is required. This person is there to assist as needed with any crises, student health concerns, or counseling/referral support needed for participants throughout the weekend. While the process consultant focuses mostly on the facilitation team, this role focuses mainly on student participants.
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 former facilitators will tell you that this is one of the best experiences they have had at Chapman.
The Chapman 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 Selection Committee Member to participate in a short interview with a Selection Committee Member if selected as a finalist and additional information is needed.
The Next Step Steering & Selection Committees understand 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 Chapman students.
Fees & Compensation
As a thank you to our facilitation team - all materials, accommodations, transportation 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?
Students who have attended Next Step as a participant at least once may apply to facilitate. Chapman University 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. Full time Chapman University staff, administrators and faculty members who have been through the retreat before can apply as a coordinator.