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Posse Plus Retreat

Created: January 12, 2018

Campus Inclusion and Community and the Northwestern Posse Scholars invite you to attend the Posse Plus Retreat, scheduled for April 13-15, 2018 at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin.

The registration form is now live and can be accessed here. For priority consideration, please complete the registration form by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

 After you complete the form, Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) will be in contact with you no later than March 14, 2018 to either confirm your attendance at the retreat or offer you a spot on the waiting list.

Please note that completing the registration form does not guarantee your attendance at the retreat. CIC staff consider all registrants thoughtfully, but due to the overwhelming interest in the Posse Plus Retreat, a conscious effort is made to ensure a variety of staff are able to participate and engage in the Retreat. Additionally, staff participants must be available for the entire weekend of retreat activities, pleased consider your availability before to registering to participate.

Below is a description of the 2017 Posse Plus Retreat. For more information, please visit the Posse Foundation Website. If you have any questions about Northwestern’s Retreat or about the registration process, please call Briana Newkirk in Campus Inclusion and Community at 847-467-3485.

Hope, Hate, and Race in the United States

The last time we had a PossePlus Retreat about race it was 2010. Barack Obama was just wrapping up his first year in office, and the question was: do we still need to talk about race? It’s 2017, and that’s not a question anymore. In the years since, Ferguson erupted. Thousands came together in solidarity at Standing Rock. Culture became costume. Beyonce celebrated her blackness, and so did Rachel Dolezal. Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem. Donald Trump became our 45th president and fulfilled his promise of an immigration ban. And most recently, white nationalists and neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville. 

Today, the national conversation about race is many things for many people. Taboo. Progressive. Contentious. Hopeful. Irrelevant. Honest. Straight up non-existent. Are we a more tolerant society than we were seven years ago? What are we talking about when it comes to race? What aren’t we talking about? Who is a part of the conversation, and who isn’t? What does it mean to “stay woke” and be an ally in these conversations, marches and movements? Does the history of power, privilege and race relations in this country have a place in the current conversation about race? Can we reconcile that long, dark history in our personal relationships? It feels like we’re running in circles, so what’s it going to take to move forward? What is the hard work to be done, and are we willing to do it?

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