Next Step: Social Justice Retreat

Next Step provides 65 participants (undergraduate, graduate, staff and faculty) with a personal and collective experience in which to further develop their own knowledge and skills about their own social identities. Participants learn how to become better change agents and activists against racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religious discrimination, classism and other socially constructed oppressions.

We believe that to be an effective social justice activist one must:

-understand one’s own cultural backgrounds;

-hear the experiences and stories of others;

-learn about the roots of specific forms of oppression and privilege;

-discover ways to address everyday bias, stereotypes, and discrimination as an ally (or someone who isn’t personally impacted, but who is responsible based on their privilege).