Social Action Leadership Retreat

Retreat Information:

The Social Action Leadership Retreat (SALR) is a two day retreat off campus where students can focus on the leadership skills required to be an effective community organizer and social justice activist. During the retreat, the entire group will participate in a series of educational sessions and discuss issues as a large group, as well as in smaller, informal conversations. The 2019 SALR will be held on November 15-17, 2019.

Who is this retreat for?
The Social Action Leadership Retreat will help any Ithaca College student develop skills and knowledge to drive positive social change for more socially just communities. No matter the issue or cause you are advocating for, it takes leadership to create change. All Ithaca College students belong to a multitude of different cultures including areas of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status and many more. Therefore, we are looking for a group of people that come from many different cultural backgrounds who want to participate. Every Ithaca College student is eligible and highly encouraged to apply.

What are the logistics of this event?
SALR is held off-campus at a retreat center. Lodging, meals, transportation and retreat materials are provided for all attendees; there is no cost to participate. SALR begins on Friday afternoon and concludes on Sunday morning. All participants must travel with the group and must attend the program in its entirety. This retreat counts as 3 Leading in a Diverse World sessions toward that track in the Student Leadership Institute.

How do I know if I've been selected to attend?
After the final application deadline, the SALR team will meet to review all of the applications and select the participants. Following the selection process, all applicants will be notified by e-mail of their application status before Fall Break. Those individuals not selected will be placed on an "Alternate List" in case spaces open up.

How do I apply?

Applications will be available starting on September 3, 2019. Click here to apply from September 3 to October 1, 2019. Applicants must complete and submit the application before 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 1 to be considered for SALR. There is no fee to apply or attend the event. We recommend reviewing the application and carefully considering your responses to the essay question before submitting it. We ask you to provide demographic information about how you identify in a variety of cultural categories, so that we can create diverse teams within the pool of selected applicants. 


Retreat history:

For 16 years, the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement and then the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs hosted the Cross Cultural Leadership Retreat (CCLR) for Ithaca College students to explore various aspects of diversity and their relationship to leadership. Beginning in Fall 2018, the Office of Student Engagement, in collaboration with other offices on campus and partners at local non-profit organizations, hosted an updated version of this leadership retreat, called the Social Action Leadership Retreat (SALR). The inaugural SALR received positive feedback from student participants, who appreciated the opportunity to discuss meaningful topics and learn practical skills that they could bring back to campus and the community.

Quotes from past retreat participants:

"I learned to really embrace who I am, where I come from and how to voice my perspective."

"Everyone has a different story - and people have struggles like my own."

"I plan to step out of my comfort zone and talk to family and friends about these issues."

Contact Information

For additional information about the Social Action Leadership Retreat, please e-mail, or call 607-274-3222 and ask for Michele Lenhart.