Participant Application, Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Feb. 6-8, 2015 in Mentone, CA
NEXT STEP 2015 will be held February 6-8, 2015 in Mentone, CA from 8:30am Friday through 6pm on Sunday.
About the Application Process
The application is composed of this first page of explanation, second page of personal information, affiliations, t-shirt size, etc. for the planning purposes of the retreat, and the third page requires short answer questions. The selection process is primarily focused on the answers you provide in the short answer section about your interest in attending the retreat.
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 within 2 weeks of the close of applications 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 necessary 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. 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. Times for connection, community building, breaks and networking are also built into the retreat.
Information About Participation at the Retreat
The Next Step Social Justice Retreat 2015 is from February 7-9 at a retreat site in Mentone, California - a full three day retreat. We hope to take 50 student participants depending on our final budget. Most of the cost of the Next Step Program is generously co-sponsored by academic departments, colleges, and Student Affairs, Student Government Association, among others.
Meals, housing, transportation, materials and t-shirts are provided to participants who are selected to attend the retreat at a significantly reduced rate (usually between $40-$80 for the weekend) so that any fee requested of participants is as minimal as possible through fundraising efforts by the program staff. There are options for scholarships if you submit a separate application for a Conference Scholarship through the Student Government Association and you are free to explore the possibility of sponsorship of the participant fee as well if the fee is prohibitive for a participant who is selected to attend the retreat.
What if I have class?
Faculty members at Chapman by and large recognize the value of the Next Step Retreat - and if selected, we recommend you reach out as early as possible (in fall ideally) to your faculty members in Spring to find out whether or not you may attend and miss the first Friday of classes. Any excusal or release from class is at the FULL DISCRETION OF YOUR FACULTY. If need be, we can provide an email confirmation that you have been selected, but it is ultimately up to you and your faculty members to negotiate any absences or make up work.
Who Can Apply as a Participant?
Undergraduate and graduate students from all levels, colleges, fields of study, backgrounds, identities and experiences are encouraged to apply to attend Next Step. The selection committee looks at applications primarily seeking to identify a a passion for social justice in any form and an openness to learning about oneself and with other students across difference. Whether you're new to the term "social justice" and still figuring out what that means, you are looking to find your community or place at Chapman, or you are a seasoned student leader or activist - you are welcome and encouraged to apply.
If selected do I have to be there the entire time?
Yes, once you confirm your participation there are no exceptions, all participants must be present from the start on Friday through the end of the retreat on Sunday, and to utilize the transportation provided for the program. If you need to withdraw from the retreat because of a conflict that arises, please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the weekend so we can provide the space to an alternate who'd like to attend.
How many people typically apply to go to the retreat?
We usually have 2 or 3 times the applications for the spaces we have available at the retreat. Be sure to fill out your application carefully and get it in on time!