The Talking Circles 2010 planning committee invites nominations of first-year students who are open to dialogue as they examine various aspects of race, oppression, privilege and difference at the annual Talking Circles retreat.

Sponsored by Campus and Residence Life, the retreat will be held Jan. 29-31 at Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wis. The three-day retreat is for students who are committed to making positive change within the immediate community and see themselves as change agents for the university. A number of speakers will discuss various aspects of diversity and social justice. This is an opportunity to encourage growth in first-year student leaders.

To nominate a student, fill out this form and include the student’s name, e-mail address and a short statement on why you think that student should participate. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 4.

Three years ago, a small group of staff from Campus and Residence Life created the Talking Circles retreat to provide a setting where a select group of student leaders could most effectively discuss issues of diversity and social justice. The retreat was held at the end of January Term and was rooted around the Native American tradition of the Talking Circle. Because of its success, Talking Circles has become an annual retreat.