For the last five years, the Women of Color Retreat has worked to create a community focused on finding meaning, healing, support, and trust amongst women of color* in the NC State community. Our purpose is to help all participants move towards actualization by focusing on the inner parts of the self. Furthermore, the broad goal of the Women of Color Retreat is to create a space where women of color can express themselves, explore their multiple realities and intersecting identities in addition to discovering and critically examining the intricacies of power, leadership, solidarity, sisterhood, and scholarship.
This year, the Women of Color Retreat will take place on campus, and the theme is Becoming: Collectivity Reclaimed & Reimagined. The retreat will center the voices and experiences of women of color. All students are welcome to apply. We are currently accepting applications from August 1st-September 25th.
- Participants will be able to assess their own agency.
- Participants will learn to transform critical engagement in ways that uncover and create change.
- Participants will employ strategies to engage in healthy and supportive intercultural dialogue.
- Participants will demonstrate varying approaches to building and retaining the campus community.
*How we define Women of Color:
We understand women of color as women (trans women, cis women, non-binary people, and others) who have experienced gender-based marginalization while also experiencing the current and historical effects of racial and ethnic-based marginalization.
We understand the terms people of color and women of color as both a political, personal, and universal term that brings together many people based on the common, but similar, experiences of racial marginalization within the United States and abroad. We also understand that the experiences of racial and ethnic marginalization differ based on structural issues like class, income, nation, gender and sexuality, religion, skin color, etc.
To make our retreat happen, we need dynamic leaders from our community to serve as retreat facilitators. We invite you to attend an informational session on Wednesday, August 31 from 5-6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Center, Thursday, September 1 from 1-2 p.m. in the Women’s Center, or Thursday, September 8 from 1-2 p.m. at the African American Cultural Center, to learn about next year’s theme, facilitator duties, and more.Register as a Facilitator
The Women of Color Retreat committee consists of the Women’s Center, the African American Cultural Center, the GLBT Center, and Multicultural Student Affairs. We also partner with The Collective, a support group led by the Women’s Center and Prevention Services for women of color on campus.