For the last four 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 offers virtual experiences and activities to center the experiences of WOC on campus and in our local community. The virtual 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. Starting in February, we will host virtual events each month for the Women of Color retreat.
*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.
Women of Color Retreat Learning Objectives
- Participants will be able to assess their own agency.
- Participants will be better able to interrogate institutions.
- Participants will learn to transform critical engagement in ways that uncover and create change
- Participants will be able to articulate how knowledge is produced.