Introductory SJLI Fall 2019:

Phillips Academy Andover
 Saturday + Sunday November 2nd – 3rd 2019

Early Bird Registration ($400/student) until October 4th 2019                   

Final Registration ($475/student) until October 25th 2019 

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The SJLI retreat explores highly integrated themes of student activism and social justice for deep analysis and skill-building. Each section involves activities and debriefs designed for whole-group, team, individual, affinity, school, and cross-school groupings. All activities are experiential (no lectures!) and tailored to expose injustices that are stereotypical, unique, stark, and subtle. Young people will be challenged to look at their communities with a critical lens, affirm participants’ experiences, explore new visions for justice and freedom, cultivate an expanded regional community, and create tangible action-plans to make social justice a reality in their schools. We include time for participants to rest and rejuvenate, develop a larger network of engaged friends, and cultivate the energy to begin or continue their journeys as young leaders at school, at home and in the world.

Specific location and directions will be emailed ahead of the Institute. The program runs from 9:30AM – 9:30PM on Saturday and from 9AM – 4:30PM on Sunday. Attendance is mandatory for the entire Institute. Contact with any questions.

                                        Our Curriculum Framework:


Retreat Goal


Race, class, gender and sexual orientation interconnect to shape our lives and experiences.


Experiencing racism, sexism, classism and heterosexism brings up pain and anger, and we need to name and feel that in order to heal. We also can find joy in claiming and reclaiming our marginalized identities and stories, and fighting for justice.


Racism, classism, sexism and heterosexism are systems that have been created — historically and presently — partly by our perceptions and partly by the government, laws and media.


The ongoing result of social justice education must be action. We can and must educate and organize in our communities.  There are specific methods of creating effective change that we can learn.

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