RISE Retreat Registration Form

    About The RISE Retreat

    Alumna Shamin Mason ’13 created RISE (Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel.) in 2012 with the help of the Office of Student Affairs because she felt very strongly that students of color at Chatham University would benefit tremendously from a program focused on their success.

    Taking place September 9-11 as a free experience, the RISE Retreat will provide Chatham students of color with an opportunity for group mentorship, community-building, identity development, and creating a network of BIPOC students and staff at the university.

    The retreat will take place on the Shadyside campus at the following times:
    • September 9 from 5-8pm
    • September 10 from 10am-5pm
    • September 11 from 10am-3pm
    There is no overnight component to this retreat.

    Every participant (RISE Mentee) at the retreat will be placed in a group of 8-10 fellow mentees led by two group facilitators (RISE Mentors) for the weekend. RISE Mentors are undergraduates with advanced standing (juniors or seniors at the time of the retreat) or graduate students. Chatham students who are classified as first-year or sophomore students are encouraged to attend the retreat as a participant and then apply to be a RISE Mentor in future years. Juniors and seniors are still welcome to attend as mentees.

    The RISE Mentee registration will close on Friday, September 2, at 5pm.
    Students are encouraged to register early! You will receive a confirmation email after completing your registration. Please direct any questions to Juan Mendizabal, Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, at odei@chatham.edu.

    What will I do at the RISE Retreat?

    The final schedule for the RISE Retreat will be sent closer to the retreat date in September. However, the retreat will offer students the following opportunities:

    • connecting and building relationships with a community of BIPOC students, faculty, and staff
    • attending identity-based workshops to explore various intersecting identities (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion/spirituality, and more)
    • engaging in restorative healing sessions, including mindfulness, movement, and yoga
    • participating in dialogue circles about issues facing students of color at predominantly white institutions (PWIs)
    • relaxing, having fun, and making friends!

    The RISE Mentee role commitment is complete after the retreat ends on September 11. However, we encourage RISE Mentors and RISE Mentees to attend monthly BIPOC Family Dinners and other events for students of color to keep the RISE Retreat community alive.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.

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