Martin Luther King Retreat

Inspiring Justice-Oriented Citizens

UD’s MLK retreat is a program sponsored and planned by the Center for Social Concern, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Campus Ministry Retreats. Occurring the weekend of MLK day, the “MLK Retreat: Inspiring Justice Oriented Citizens” provides 20 participants with an experience to further develop their servant leadership, advocacy, and inclusion/diversity skills and to build community with other students on campus who have aspirations of creating positive change in our world. Participants will learn how to become better social change agents and to better promote human dignity for all.

Unfortunately, due to low registrations, this retreat is cancelled.

Details for Retreat

WHEN is the retreat?

Friday, January 18th to Sunday, January 20th

WHAT time does the retreat begin and end?

The retreat begins at 4:30pm on Friday on campus, and will arrive back to campus around 1pm on Sunday.

Where does the retreat take place?

We will go to Cricket Holler Retreat Center, which is about 25 minutes from campus. The retreat center has cabins (heated and with full baths) and a main house (with kitchen and meeting space).

How much does this cost and what does it cover?

The cost of the retreat is $50.00, which is due by December 7th (application deadline). This covers transportation, food, housing, and supplies. You will not need money during the retreat. Note: tickets to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Tuesday, January 22nd are included with participation in this retreat!

What are the guiding principles/foundation for this retreat?

This retreat uniquely brings together the guiding principles of UD’s Student Development and UD’s Campus ministry, namely principles of building leaders for social change; diversity and inclusion; and principles of peace, justice, and human dignity. The sessions will be built on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, Three Kinds of Citizens Model, and the principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What’s our hope for this retreat and the retreatants?

We hope this retreat inspires you to help create a world of compassion, justice, and equity for all - a world in which the common good is realized. We also hope it will help create a community which values trust and respect, honesty, advocacy, and human dignity. In order for this to happen, we believe one must: Consider diverse perspectives and celebrate differences Understand leadership through the lens of social justice and diversity Learn about effective techniques for inspiring others and leading change Discover and/or reflect upon one’s own identity, civic interests/concerns, stereotypes and misconceptions, privilege, and natural leadership capacity Examine personal motivations and how they affect one’s own active citizenship Be committed to the common good

What can you expect during and from the retreat?

During the retreat, you can expect interaction, dialogue, personal reflection, learning, growth, group discussions, activities, challenges, and sharing. You can also expect comfortable accommodations, free and fun time, and genuine friendship. Students should leave this retreat with... A renewed awareness of oneself and your vision for a future of equality and justice for all. New connections with other UD students and with UD faculty and staff, who are all committed to being justice oriented citizens. An awareness of their capacity to be positive social change leaders for the common good. Inspiration from Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr and from fellow students, faculty, and staff. Invaluable tools to be a justice oriented citizen and to build communities of true respect and neighborly love. A sense of global citizenship and interdependence.