Four years ago, a small group of staff from Campus and Residence Life intended to create dialogue and leadership on issues of diversity and social justice for a select group of student leaders through a retreat called Talking Circles. The retreat was held at the end of J-Term and was rooted around the Native American tradition of the Talking Circle. Because of its success, Talking Circles has become an annual retreat.
The Talking Circles planning committee invites nominations of first-year students who are open to dialogue as they explore various aspects of race, oppression, privilege and difference at the Jan. 28-30, 2011, retreat at Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wis.
The three-day retreat, sponsored by Campus and Residence Life, is for first-year students who are committed to making positive change within the immediate community and see themselves as change agents for the university. A number of speakers will discuss various aspects of diversity and social justice.
To nominate a student, submit on this brief form her or his name and a short statement on why that student merits participation in the retreat.