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Racial Aikido seeks to empower Students of Color at predominantly White institutions (PWI) using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that People of Color may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools for People of Color to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism. By the conclusion of the retreat students will have a better understanding of White privilege, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of their multiple identities. Students will learn by active participation how to recognize racism, respond to racism in a self-affirming and positive manner that is appropriate for the situation, and replenish by taking care of their needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self. This year’s retreat will be the weekend of January 8-10, 2016 at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR.
Registration for this event is required at this link (not via the Academy Portal). Members please email Dr. Scott Paja (Scott.Paja@oregonstate.edu) to achieve your acknowledgement towards the Leadership Academy INCLUSIVE Pillar.
To learn more about or to apply for the Racial Aikido Retreat, go to the Social Justice Retreats Web Address: http://dce.oregonstate.edu/social-change/engagement/retreats
Not a Leadership Academy member? Submit your application today!
(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing with a minimum of 45 total earned credits are eligible to apply)