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Participant Application, Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Feb. 8-10, 2013 in Mentone, CA

NEXT STEP 2013 will be held February 8, 9 and 10 in Mentone, CA from 8am Friday through 5pm 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 Thursday, November 8 by 5:00pm 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 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 2013 is from February 8-10 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 fundraised, and the program is generously co-sponsored by academic departments, colleges, and Student Affairs, 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 and sponsorships 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 and selectivity of the Next Step Retreat - and if selected, you can request a letter be sent to your faculty explaining the retreat and asking for them to release you from classes on the Friday of the retreat weekend. 

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 at the retreat 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. 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!

This form closed on November 8, 2012 5:30 PM