Applications now being accepted for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs’ annual Diversity Retreat

Program History
Every year several faculty and staff are selected to deliver an intentionally designed curriculum in small group settings with approximately eight to ten students. This weekend long retreat will focus on diversity and leadership. Participants will examine the meaning of diversity, why it is valuable, and how they can incorporate diversity into their respective student organizations and groups. The goal of this retreat is for participants to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be diverse, to accept the diversity of others and acknowledge their own diversity. Additionally participants will be asked to develop strategies to incorporate diversity into their student groups, as well as, their individual lives.

Facilitator Profile
• Full-time faculty or staff, or a Graduate Assistant in good academic standing, with supervisor permission;
• Some facilitator experience or training is preferred;
• Two names of reference from within the University;
• Interest and ability to work with students in small group settings;
• Willingness to self-disclose about your cultural background and upbringing;
• Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds.

Facilitator Duties
•Training – all selected facilitators must attend three-hour training prior to the retreat as well as a curriculum review prior to the retreat.
•Selection – all selected facilitators will be given redacted applications from students to review and rate to help lead facilitators in selection of final retreat participants
•Preparation – must review curriculum and become familiar with activities before departure.
•Small Groups – all facilitators will be expected to lead discussion and activities for a small group of five to eight students.
•Large Groups – facilitators are expected to assist Lead Facilitator(s) in facilitating large group activities when requested.
•Pre-Departure Social – There will be a social for all retreat participants prior to the retreat. It is encouraged you be able to attend this event to meet some of the students.
•Check-In – all facilitators will be required to be available for check-in assistance at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28
•Retreat – complete entire Diversity Retreat Challenge with your small groups starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 28 and ending by 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 30. You will be required to stay in a group house with all participants for two nights.

Application Process
Applications are due Monday, February 3, 2014. Be sure to include at least two references; this can be University personnel (faculty, staff or students). Once we receive your application, you will be notified and we may ask follow-up questions. Please attain your supervisor’s permission before applying.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat please contact Gavin Weiser at weiser@sc.edu or 777-4806.

Applications can be found hereretreat cover

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