Students Building Unity Retreat

Program Outline (Tentative Schedule) (pdf)

The Brooklyn College "Students Building Unity" Retreat will develop participant’s facilitation skills and presentation skills. It will also provide students the opportunity to develop and practice event planning and implementation skills. Workshops will include components on community building, cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution and mediation.

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 freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students may apply
  • GPA of 2.5 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 short biography (200 words max)
  • Optional –  Attach a co-curricular transcript
  • Optional – Attach a photo (headshot style). Photo will be used in reports and advertisements
  • Optional – one recommendation or reference letter from someone who can speak about your leadership skills or involvement in the community

*Good news, we no longer require the $25 fee.  If you have already submitted it, please contact Twana Greene, Email:

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the best 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 alumni. Selected students will be notified in early December.

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.
  • Extracurricular activities.

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