Please note that the priority deadline for applications is: December 1st


These weekend long retreats promote campus dialogues about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions. 

To apply for a retreat please go to the following web address:

Multiracial Aikido Retreat: 01/10/2020 – 01/12/2020

Multiracial Aikido (MRA) is founded on the principles and history of the Racial Aikido retreat.  MRA explores systems of racial oppression and centers experiences of multiracial, multiethnic, transracial, and mixed heritage individuals.  

We offer a supportive learning environment for participants to unpack racial and ethnic identity through storytelling and to build a community of peers and mentors who support their growth. We hope that by the end of the retreat participants will have found commonality in their various experiences and identify tools to navigate, heal, and make meaning as racialized beings in a U.S. context.

Examining White Identity Retreat: 01/10/2020 – 01/12/2020

The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat creates a supportive learning environment for participants to examine their racial socialization, systems of racial oppression, and strategies and approaches for engaging in racial justice work as white people. We provide students with the space to practice skills in critical self-reflection, building community and coalition among diverse communities, and participating in anti-racist work. 

Racial Aikido Retreat: 01/24/2020 – 01/26/2020

Racial Aikido seeks to empower students using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that certain communities-particularly communities that have experienced historical trauma due to racism may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism.

By the conclusion of the retreat, you will have a better understanding of privilege, power and positionality, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of your multiple identities. You'll learn by active participation just how to recognize racism, respond to racism in a self-affirming and positive manner that is appropriate for the situation, and replenish by taking care of your needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

International Student Social Justice Retreat: 01/31/2020 – 02/02/2020

The International Student Social Justice Retreat was launched at OSU in February 2016 in the spirit of initiating dialogue on issues of diversity, ethnicity, race, and nationality in the U.S. This retreat helps participants understand the socio-historical American narrative on race and ethnicity, and provides a space for participants to explore personal experiences of race, ethnicity, and nationality in the U.S. context. Participants will learn effective ways to manage and disrupt discrimination in their daily lives based on their perceived identities

Please direct questions about any of these retreats to

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For Credit:

1) Email with proof of attendance after the retreat.


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(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing are eligible to apply)