- Check back later for information for RCE 2019!
- Application opens soon.
Redefining Community Experience (RCE) is a three-day retreat that provides students with an opportunity to examine Washington University through a critical lens. Sponsored by Campus Life, RCE is an exciting opportunity for you to meet and connect with other students in a setting that promotes dialogue about social justice and community building.
Activities are designed to spark discussions around embracing multiple identities, power and privilege, and what does the word “community” mean to you.
Thank you for taking the time to consider joining us! We look forward to meeting you!
What happens at RCE?
- Each day serves to connect you to remarkable student leaders and give you tools that will foster an inclusive environment at Washington University
- Participants will establish lifelong friendships and community with their small groups and large group of over 50 students
- Fun and rich conversations of intersectionality will be introduced to give you new perspectives around social justice initiatives
- Small groups establish ground rules to create brave spaces and encourage everyone to ask questions, reflect, and hold deeper conversations
- You will be introduced to social justice terminology and learn how to vulnerably fail and lead with courage and authenticity
By participating in the Redefining Community Experience, participants will:
- Define and articulate their personal values
- Recognize their own multiple identities, experiences and biases
- Recognize and reflect upon concepts of privilege/power
- Evaluate and reflect on their actions and modify as necessary
- Recognize and identify the role that diversity has in a global society
- Understand the communities in which they are a part
- Understand their cultural identities and their impact on the community
- Explore opportunities to serve their communities
- Seek input form others
- Create an open, inclusive and trustworthy environment
- Engage in open, direct, and respectful conversation with others
- Demonstrate active listening
What are past participants saying?
Coming to RCE was probably one of the best decisions that I’ve made since coming to WashU. I learned so much about myself, and the fact that I don’t have to be stifled by my multiple identities was very liberating! I loved the experience and the many amazing individuals that I met.
I signed up not knowing anything or anyone related to RCE. I came back with 30 new friends and a much better vision of what I can accomplish at WashU. It’s a great experience for meeting different kinds of people and challenging how you think about and take action in your community.
Redefining Community was a creation and maintenance of a truly safe space where people could be who they are unapologetically and come to respect and love others for who they are.
How much does it cost to attend RCE?
RCE is FREE to all Washington University students; this includes overnight accommodations, transportation and meals. However, once accepted, students have until November 18 to cancel their registration. After November 20, students will be charged $150 for canceling or failing to show up at the retreat.
Who plans RCE?
Campus Life in conjunction with a student steering committee.
How many participants attend RCE?
Each year RCE has 40 student participants and 6 RCE faculty.
Questions? Contact Hope Young.
RCE Peer Leaders
Donovan is a second-year student studying Educational Studies and Mathematics. Donovan uses they/them and he/him pronouns and calls Wichita, Kansas his hometown. They are really looking forward to cultivating new relationships and learning more about building up and advocating for others during RCE 2018. Other than RCE, he is looking forward to serving as a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America!
Ruth is a second-year student studying Educational Studies and Sociology. Ruth uses she/her and they/them pronouns and calls Milwaukee, Wisconsin home. When asked what they are looking forward to at RCE 2018, she said “I’m excited to be a part of building safe and inclusive growth oriented spaces. I am looking forward to the communities, friends, and new perspectives that come out of unique spaces like RCE.” Also in the Spring semester, Ruth is looking forward to performing at Grand Slam (spoken word performance) in preparation for the national College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
Jessica is a second-year student that is undecided in the School of Arts and Sciences. Jessica uses she/her pronouns and hails from Oakland, California. She is excited for RCE 2018 because “since my first year at RCE, I have gained more experience and knowledge about communities at WashU. I think that it would be useful to keep this background knowledge in my mind as we talk about developing community. Mostly, I am excited to meet and form relationships with other people. I look forward to implementing the ideas I built on at RCE in my second semester!”
Elise is a third-year student studying Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Biology. Elise uses she/her pronouns and is originally from Chicago, Illinois. For RCE 2018, she is excited about listening and learning new perspectives from participants. Aside from RCE, she is looking forward to a planned road trip to Houston with her friends!
Emi is a third-year student studying Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Neuroscience. Emi uses they/them pronouns and is from Glenview, Illinois. Aside from graduating in May, they are incredibly excited to listen to, learn from, and build community with other WashU students committed to social justice at RCE.