Students Building Unity Retreat

The Brooklyn College "Students Building Unity" Retreat will provide students with training in cross-cultural understanding, community building, conflict resolution, and event planning and implementation.

As part of the Unity Retreat goals, students will:

  • Develop facilitation skills and presentation skills.
  • Assess strengths in relationship building.
  • Practice selected skills in conflict mediation and resolution.
  • Participate in diversity activities.
  • Collaborate on grant proposal(s) for Unity Week 2015.
  • Volunteer as part of Unity Week to implement proposals.

During the retreat students will work in teams to create proposals for a small grant. Students will have the opportunity to work on one of the grant projects during the spring semester (five to 10 volunteer hours). The final project will be presented as part of the Unity Week Program held in April. Students chosen will also meet approximately three times in the spring semester. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Second-semester first-year students, sophomores, juniors and seniors with 15 units or more; graduate students with nine units or more
  • GPA of 2.50 or higher for undergraduate students in good standing; GPA of 3.00 or higher for graduate students
  • 10 hours or more of documented campus engagement (co-curricular transcript can be attached)
  • Available for five to  10 hours during the spring semester to work on a Unity Week Program
  • Demonstrated interest in leadership, community building, and/or conflict resolution preferred

How to apply

The application process for the 2015 retreat has concluded. 

For more information, please contact Renee Straker.

Selection Process

Qualified students will be scheduled for a brief interview with a member of the selection committee.

The selection committee consists of current students, staff and Brooklyn College alumni. Selected students will be notified before the end of the fall 2014 semester. 

Included in the Trip (Free)

  • Transportation (to and from Brooklyn College)
  • Seven meals, beverages and snacks during the day and evening
  • Accommodations for two nights
  • Social activities

Accommodations can be made for individuals with special needs, as well as any dietary needs.

Program Outline 

Day 1: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • 7:45 a.m.   Sign-in and Breakfast — Please be prompt!
  • 8:30 a.m.   Ice Breaker — Lollipop Game
  • 8:45 a.m.   Content Workshop #1 — Strengths Finder
  • 9:45 a.m.   Pre-bus boarding meeting — Welcome/Introduce Bus Captains; Retreat Goals, Ground Rules Reviewed
  • 10:15 a.m. Board bus in front of the Student Center
  • 1:00 p.m.   Estimated Arrival/Check-In
  • 1:30 p.m.   Lunch (included)
  • 2:30 p.m.   Hotel Orientation
  • 3:00 p.m.   Distribute and discuss Grant Proposal Plan
  • 3:45 p.m.   Content Workshop #2 — Community Building
  • 4:45 p.m.   Break (15 minutes)
  • 5:00 p.m.   Content Workshop #3 — Conflict Resolution
  • 6:00 p.m.   Grant Prep Session #1
    • Dinner to follow at 6:30 (included)  
  • 8:00 p.m.   Evening Activity 
  • 9:00 p.m.   Facilitator's Meeting

Day 2: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m.   Health and Wellness — Optional Activity:
    • A — Yoga
    • B — Nature Trail (Self-guided)
  • 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast (included)
  • 10:00 a.m. Icebreaker — Mine Field
  • 10:30 a.m. Content Workshop #4 — Cross-cultural/Diversity
  • 11:30 a.m. Content Workshop #5 — Community Building by Students
  • 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (included)
  • 2:00 p.m.   Content Workshop #6 — Self-care Session — Conflict Resolution/Negotiation/De-Stress by PC
  • 3:00 p.m.   Grant Prep Session #2
  • 4:30 p.m.   Break (free time)
  • 5:30 p.m.   Presentation of Grant Proposals
  • 6:30 p.m.   Dinner (included)
  • 8:00 p.m.   Evening Activity
  • 9:00 p.m.   Facilitator's meeting

Day 3: Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • 8:00 a.m.   Breakfast (included)
  • 9:00 a.m.   Leisure time/Pack bags
  • 10:00 a.m. Icebreaker — Marshmallow Tower
  • 10:15 a.m. Unity Week Grant Proposal recognition session and scholarship info
  • 10:45 a.m. Assessment Skits/Closing
  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch (included)
  • 1:00 p.m.   Board buses
  • 4:30 p.m.   Arrive at Brooklyn College (estimate)