Lavender Leadership Retreat

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Lavender Leadership Retreat 2017: Developing Diverse LGBTQA+ Communities

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

An LGBTQ+ leadership development retreat for University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate and graduate students. Open to students coming in at any level of current leadership or involvement. Presented by the LGBT Equity Center of the University of Maryland (UMD), with sponsorship from the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy and support from the Novak Family LGBT Student Fund, the retreat will take place on campus in the PG Room in the Stamp Student Union. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The overarching goal of the day is to build the capacity of UMD's LGBTQA+ students to run LGBTQA+ student initiatives, groups, and organizations that build community, create change, and seek/sustain social justice. We center racial justice and racial diversity as key components of this work, and we also center inclusion, kindness, and genuineness as key leadership attributes.

In addition to our opening/closing activities and breakfast/lunch, the retreat will feature three core modules:

Identity, Intersectionality, and Leadership

Intention: LGBTQA+ students better understand what inclusive leadership is and how their own intersecting identities affect their leadership, with particular deepening of conversation around racial justice as a component of this.

Facilitating Dialogue

Intention: LGBTQA+ students have a greater ability to lead conversations within the LGBTQA+ communities, with particular recognition of diversity within LGBTQA+ communities, including raising issues of racial justice.

Outreach and Communications

Intention: LGBTQA+ students have a greater ability to attract diverse LGBTQA+ students to their events, meetings, and organizations, and to retain those already attending.