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2016 Catalyst Leadership Retreat

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2016 Catalyst Leadership Retreat

January 12-13, 2016

Applications are DUE Wednesday, December 9 so Apply NOW!

What is the MICA Leadership Retreat?

Every January, MICA hosts the Catalyst Leadership Retreat which provides students with the opportunity to further develop as individuals, leaders, and change agents. During this overnight retreat, participants will work collaboratively to identify issues on campus, brainstorm solutions, and design an action plan for change. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will reflect on how personal values, identities, and beliefs shape their definition of leadership
  • Participants will discover how they can use their power as individuals to influence change
  • Participants will realize the importance of collaboration in social change movements
  • Participants will learn the steps for creating an action plan for change

Who can attend?

The Catalyst Leadership Retreat is made up of roughly 30 participants and a team of 10 facilitators (students/faculty/staff) who work in pairs to lead small groups of 5-6 participants through the retreat experience. 

The Catalyst Leadership Retreat is open to ALL MICA students, however, due to limited space interested students must submit an application to attend. Applications will be reviewed by the Catalyst Leadership Retreat Planning Committee. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 9. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, December 11.

If you are interested in becoming involved in student leadership positions like being a Residential Advisor (RA), Program Manager (PM), Orientation Leader (OL), or a member/leader of a student organization, we encourage you to submit an application to attend the Catalyst Leadership Retreat.

Overnight retreat? What should I expect?

The Catalyst Leadership Retreat will be hosted at the Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Educational Center in Jefferson, MD. This all-season retreat center will give participants the opportunity to get off campus and enjoy cozy cabins, the great outdoors, and community building with other student leaders. All meals will be prepared and served on site (food allergies can be accomodated with advance notice). Participants are expected to bring their own linens and toiletries. Specific information on what to pack will be provided to participants once they are confirmed.

How much does it cost?

The Catalyst Leadership retreat is FREE for all participants and includes transportation, meals, and lodging. However, students who fail to show up for the retreat will be charged a $20 fee to their Student Account to help offset the cost of the retreat. 

I live on campus, but this retreat starts before the residence halls open?

All on-campus students participating in the Catalyst Leadership Retreat will be allowed to move-in early. The Office of Residence Life will communicate directly with these students to provide specific instructions.

How do I apply?

Students can apply to the Catalyst Leadership Retreat by clicking HERE. Applications are due Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Selected participants will be notivied by Friday, December 11. Participants must confirm their attendance by Monday, December 14 at 4 pm.