By Melissa Lopez
Every year, students get the opportunity to learn about the different cultures that create the campus community.
This year will be no different as the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers will host the 28 annual Cross Cultural Retreat.
Those participating in the retreat will be staying at the Kellogg West Conference Center from Jan. 12 to 14.
The theme will be ‘House of CCR: The Unbowed, Unbent and Unbroken.’
Participants will have the opportunity to engage in an open conversation revolving around social justice and diversity with the purpose to build valuable relationships across cultures.
Elena Nourrie, coordinator for the Native American Student Center is excited for the retreat as the ‘Game of Thrones’ revolved theme is something many students are likely to enjoy.
“We made comparisons between how the show is relevant in our political climate, considering intersectional and cultural norms,” said Nourrie.
Since the free retreat is limited to only 70 participants, applications were made available last quarter.
The deadline to submit the short application was even extended to give students enough time to complete it during midterms.
Participants include seasoned attendees who have become very involved with the OSLCC, and to newcomers who have never visited the centers, or who do not openly engage in conversation about subjects some may consider controversial.
“I think it’s great that students are being given the chance to talk about topics that we should be talking about more,” said third-year business administration student Elizabeth Ayala,
The retreat is only open to members of the CPP community.
Students will arrive at Kellogg West on Friday afternoon and meet with their group and facilitator for the weekend.
Groups have been constructed to represent various racial groups, and different gender identities in order to allow participants to learn from one another.
Throughout the retreat students will engage in activities that will allow them to identify and express matters they have witnessed or experienced themselves.
Self-care will be highly encouraged and implemented across the activities coordinated.
“There’s so many things that can be learned and improved from a weekend like this one,” said fourth-year mechanical engineering student Sarah Takhtawala.
The weekend allows participants to express and let go of many feelings and thoughts that they have been holding in.
The retreat has served as a great resource for students that have leadership roles on campus.
“You will learn that a lot of what we are practicing here are applicable beyond Cal Poly Pomona,” Nourrie said.
Students interested in learning about what the OSLCC has to offer can visit the Union Plaza (Old Stables).
Courtesy of OSLCC
The 28th annual Cross Cultural Retreat is a weekend social justice retreat for students, staff and faculty
Courtesy of OSLCC
Attendees will get a chance to engage in cross-cultural awareness through a Game of Thrones theme
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