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The Chicago Connections retreat provides the space and opportunity for BIPOC scholars at Loyola and at neighboring Chicago-area institutions to meet one another, share knowledge and experiences, rediscover the joy and purpose in research and writing, and develop strategies for collaborative research.
 
But most importantly, the goal of the retreat is for every participant to make a connection that results in a writing buddy, research collaborator, trusted reader of first (or second, or third) drafts, a sounding board, and even a friend.

Has the pandemic left you feeling isolated and off-track? During the retreat, you can participate in a series of interactive and engaging workshops that allow you to: 
  • Establish intellectual and social connections with other scholars of color in the Chicago-area
  • Build a more intimate and healthier relationship to your research and writing practice
  • Develop sustainable practices for well-being and resilience
  • Recharge from the stresses of the academic year and craft a sustainable plan for a productive and enjoyable summer
Led by experienced professionals with expertise in the areas above, the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) will take place in Woodstock, IL. The grounds feature 98 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds, serving as an ideal location for re-centering, community building, and interactive learning. Give yourself the gift of time, free yourself from distractions, and join us for this event curated specifically for faculty of color.



Outcomes

Retreat Outcomes

During this retreat, scholars will participate in a series of interactive and engaging workshops that allow them to:

1.  Establish intellectual and social connections with other scholars of color in the Chicago-area
2.  Build more intimate and healthier relationship to your research and writing practice
3.  Develop sustainable practices for well-being and resilience
4.  Recharge from the stresses of the academic year and craft a sustainable plan for a productive and      enjoyable summer
                                  

Itinerary

Itinerary

Time

Day 1 - Friday

Day 2 - Saturday

7:00 -  8:00 AM

 

Morning Renewal/Meditation by Yoga for Black Lives

8:15 -  9:00 AM

 

Breakfast

9:00 -  11:00 AM

Arrival and Check-in

 

9:15 - 12:00 PM

 

Liberate Your Research by Nadine Naber, University of Illinois at Chicago

12:00 -  1:00 PM

Lunch and Welcome by Badia Ahad, PhD, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Loyola University Chicago/Opening Speaker: Malik Henfield, Founding Dean, Institute of Racial Justice

Lunch

1:00 -  1:30 PM

Break

 

1:30 -  4:30 PM

Speaking Truth to Power: Writing as a Public Intellectual

Re-Enchant Your Writing Process Through Story-Argument Structure by Margy Thomas, ScholarShape

4:30 -  5:00 PM

Break/Writing/Reflection/Collaboration Time

Closing Activity: Reflection, and Evaluation 

5:00 -  5:30 PM

Yoga and Meditation by Yoga for Black Lives

Check out and Departure 
   

 

6:30 -  7:30 PM

Dinner

 

7:30 -  9:00 PM

Evening Social

 

     




Speakers and Workshop Descriptions

Application


APPLICATION

Due to limited space at the retreat center, we have a limit on the number of attendees. If you are interested in attending this event, please click here to complete the application by April 1, 2022, for full consideration. Registration and a payment link will be sent in a separate communication to attendees.

Retreat Fee

  • Loyola University Chicago Faculty - $100
  • Guest Faculty- $450/pp
  • The fee includes lodging, meals, and retreat materials/swag.

Retreat Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Retreat registration canceled via email on or before April 1, 2022, is refundable but subject to a $50 administrative fee. After April 1, 2022, we are unable to offer a refund. 
  • Registration fees are transferable

Health & Safety Policies

Loyola University Chicago requires that all full-time and part-time faculty, staff, and students be vaccinated for COVID-19. In an effort to further protect the health and safety of our community—particularly as we navigate the impact of the highly transmissive omicron variant—Loyola will now require students, faculty, and staff to receive a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible.  All retreat participants will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon the acceptance of your retreat registration. Should you neglect to provide this information, your registration will be canceled and you will be issued a full refund (*minus a $20 administrative fee).

While on retreat, masks must be worn while indoors.

Social Distancing: We have several measures in place for participants who want to practice social distancing:

  • The reservation of our retreat center is exclusive to our group, meaning no one outside of our group will be present, except the retreat center staff.
  • No housekeeping service is supplied during your stay at the retreat center, so only those you invite in will visit your room.

Retreat Center Policies: LUREC requires employees to be fully vaccinated and there is currently an indoor mask policy. They also continue to follow enhanced sanitization and cleaning procedures.

TRANSPORTATION

We will provide transportation to the retreat location via shuttle bus. The bus will depart from Loyola University Chicago - Water Tower Campus. LUREC offers free parking for participants who wish to drive.

QUESTIONS

Send an email to us at Faculty_Develop@luc.edu and we will do our best to answer your questions. 

 

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Lodging and Logistics

                              


Roughly 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology campus sits in the serene countryside of Woodstock, Illinois. LUREC is encompassed by 98 acres of greenery and serves as a peaceful place for intellectual growth and connection with peers, colleagues, and friends. 

  • Lunch and dinner will be provided on Friday, and breakfast, lunch will be available on Saturday. Ample snacks and beverages will be provided during workshop sessions. 
  • Overnight accommodations with private bathrooms. Participants can indicate if they would like a private or shared room with another participant at the time of registration. LUREC features contemporary rooms with two double beds, desk, dresser, private bath and shower, and air conditioning. (*Hotel-style rooms are available for the first 50 registrants; we are able to accommodate participants in dorm-style rooms with a shared bathroom once the hotel-style rooms have filled).
  • Participants are welcome to drive/rideshare to the retreat. Free parking is available at the retreat site. We will also provide ground transportation for participants.
  • Can I bring my children/partner/friend?
    Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests at this time.


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Registration for the May 2023 retreat will open in February 2023