Talking Circles, is a unique three-day retreat for first year students who are committed to making positive change within the immediate community and see themselves as change agents for the university. This retreat provides a setting where students are encouraged to discuss various aspects and issues related to diversity, social justice and identity. Talking Circles is held at the end of the January Term each year and is rooted in the Native American tradition of the Talking Circle. Speakers from the university and surrounding community help shape the topics for discussion.
Created as an opportunity to encourage growth in first year student leaders, students are nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students during fall semester. Once nominated, students are encouraged to apply and attend the retreat.
The 2015 Talking Circles Retreat tentative dates are January 29 - January 31, 2015.