Social Justice Leadership Retreat Participants 2018

Social Justice Leadership Retreat

Social Justice Leadership Retreat

The Social Justice Leadership Retreat (SJLR) helps students explore their personal stories and experiences in relation to their peers and in the contexts of systems of power and oppression. SJLR is held annually at an off-site retreat.

By participating in the Social Justice Leadership Retreat, students:

  • Identify their own multiple intersecting identities, experiences and biases, and how they map on to concepts of privilege, dominance, and oppression.
  • Explain how their identities and experiences influence their understanding of leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their role in interrupting bias and prejudice in themselves and their community, and their role in developing strategies to build positive communities.

Social Justice Leadership Retreat 2022

For the first time since its creation, the Social Justice Leadership Retreat will be held in the fall! SJLR 2022 will be held November 11-13th at Gordon Dining and Event Center in Madison, WI.

This year, UW-Madison’s Social Justice Leadership Retreat will engage approximately 60 undergraduate students and 10 facilitators for 3 days of meaningful activities and story sharing. SJLR is an immersive and cohort based experience focused on educating students about the impact of identity, the dynamics of power and privilege, and strategies to create change. Priority registration is October 1, 2022 with applications taken on a rolling basis until November 11th.

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2022 Retreat Schedule

Pre-Retreat Dinner Wednesday, November 2, 2022 6-8 PM Pyle Center
SJLR Day 1 Friday, November 11, 2022 4:30-8:30 PM Gordon
SJLR Day 2 Saturday, November 12, 2022 8 AM-8:30 PM Gordon 
SJLR Day 3 Sunday, November 13, 2022 8 AM-2:30 PM Gordon
Post Retreat Service Day Spring 2023 TBD