Students Building Unity Retreat

Program Outline (Tentative Schedule) (pdf)

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 (5-10 volunteer hours). The final project will be presented as part of the Unity Week Program held in April. Students chosen will also meet approximately 3 times in the spring semester. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Second semester first year students, sophomores, juniors, seniors with 15 units of more, and graduate students with 9 units or more may apply
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduate students, and be in good standing for graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 10 hours or more of documented campus engagement (co-curricular transcript can be attached)
  • Available for 5-10 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

  • Complete and submit the application form.
  • Attach a current resume
  • Attach a personal statement addressing the following: Please describe how participating in the Unity Retreat will benefit you and how will you use the knowledge and skills gained when you return on campus. (500 word max)
  • One recommendation or reference letter from someone who can speak about your leadership skills or involvement in the community. (can be submitted in a sealed envelope or sent electronically)
  • Attach a co-curricular transcript (if available)
  • Attach a photo (headshot style). Photo will be used in reports and advertisements

For more information, please contact Renee Straker, Email: rstraker@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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 BC Alumni. Selected students will be notified by Wednesday November 26, 2014.

Included in the trip - Free:

  • Transportation (to and from Brooklyn College).
  • 7 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.