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University Honors Program

Retreat Coordinators

The retreat coordinators are the four students who will assist in the planning and implementation of the retreat as well as lead the thematic area breakout sessions during the UHP Annual Welcome Retreat, August 19 - 20, 2014.  Coordinators have several honors experiences within their assigend thematic area and are excited to share their passions with our incoming first-year students.

What do retreat coordinators do?

Retreat coordinators are some of the University Honors Program's top students and hail from various colleges across UC. Coordinators represent a breadth of experiences, inside and outside the classroom, on campus, in the community, and around the world.

Retreat coordinators will be integral parts of the retreat planning process as well as its execution.  Coordinators will work with the UHP staff in all aspects of the University Honors Program Annual Welcome Retreat.  Coordinators will help shape the vision for the retreat as well as contribute to its success through aiding in its planning and implementation.

Once selected, retreat coordinators will be assigned specific components of planning the retreat, though all four are expected to work together throughout the planning process.  Planning components are divided into three categories - "personnel," "marketing/communication" and "logistics."

Personnel Tasks (2 coordinators)

  • Helping create an application for retreat leaders
  • Helping organize and manage the retreat leader interview process
  • Help design the retreat leader training session, to occur on a Saturday in March
  • Facilitate the retreat leader traning, to occur on a Saturday in March
  • Stay in touch with retreat leaders throughout the summer

Marketing/Communication Tasks (1 coordinator)

  • Work with UHP staff to create a publication to send to incoming first year students
  • Work with UHP staff to help maintain participant information
  • Lead the t-shirt designing process
  • Lead the process of creating the folders for retreat participants

Logistics Tasks (1 coordinator)

  • Assist in crafting the retreat schedule
  • Assist in assigning participants to retreat groups and cabins
  • Assist in organizing the check-in process
  • Assist in keeping the retreat moving on time

At the retreat, coordinators will lead the breakout session for their assigned thematic area (research & creative arts, leadership, community engagement, or global studies). After the retreat, coordinators will be asked for feedback and to help start the planning process for next year.

What are the requirements?

Retreat coordinators need to meet the following requirements:

  • In good standing with the UHP
  • At least a rising third year
  • Participated in at least one Welcome Retreat as either a student or retreat leader
  • In-depth experience in at least one thematic area
  • Willingness to take initiative
  • Availability throughout the year to help plan the retreat and train the retreat leaders

You will also be expected to commit to the following days and times:

  • Monthly meetings throughout spring semester
  • Retreat leader training, to occur on a Saturday in March
  • All day August 17, 2014 for team-building and a walk-through of the retreat site: Camp Kern
  • All day August 18, 2014 for final training and preparing for the retreat as well as the evening, pre-retreat social activity
  • The Welcome Retreat, August 19 - 20, 2015
  • Meeting early in fall semester for debriefing and to begin planning for the following year

What is the application process?

The application process will open in late September. Applications will be reviewed in conjunction with the student's learning portfolio.  After the deadline, applicants who are moving forward in the process will be contacted for an interview.

Gallery of Retreat Coordinators