Advanced SJLI Winter 2020

Concord Academy
 Saturday February 29th 2020

Early Bird Registration ($275/student) until January 24th 2020                   

Final Registration ($325/student) until February 21st 2020 

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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 Advanced program runs from 8:30AM – 7PM on Saturday (no overnight). While we encourage you attend both the Introductory and Advanced Institutes, you may attend either the Introductory or the Advanced. Please note that prior student social justice leadership experience is required for attendance at the Advanced Institute. Attendance for the entire duration of the Institute you attend is mandatory. 

                                        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 find joy in reclaiming our marginalized identities, sharing our 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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