Campus Step Up: a social justice retreat for CSU students

Students participating in SLiCE retreat

Students who want to learn more about their identity and engage in social justice conversations are encouraged to apply for “Campus Step Up: A Social Justice Retreat,” a January event organized by Colorado State University’s Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office.

It takes place in Estes Park at the YMCA of the Rockies, and is free to students — all meals, transportation, and housing are included. Students from any major or year are welcome to attend the three-day retreat, where they’ll have the opportunity to expand their awareness of issues of diversity and cross-cultural communication.

“I was able to translate experiences into academic concepts, and learned how to articulate those concepts to become a better advocate and activist,” says Jensen Woods, a senior studying communication studies.

When is it?

The retreat will take place during winter break, Jan. 11-13, 2018. Students can expect to engage in a safe environment focusing on self-reflection, education, privilege and personal growth regarding topics of social justice and global issues.

SLiCE hopes that students will walk away with the skills to act on issues and causes that they are passionate about, but ultimately, it’s all about what you put into it.

“Campus Step Up challenged who I am and the way I think in the best possible way,” says William Rowsam, a senior studying construction management. “It gave me the tools and skills needed to help create a more socially just and welcoming community in the spaces I occupy and beyond.”

Apply now

Applications for the retreat are now open and are due Nov. 17. Returning participants are encouraged to apply here, and new participants can apply here.

Questions regarding Campus Step Up can be directed to Carina Orozco or Courtney Satchell at