Summer Organizing Retreat 2015 Application
REC will be hosting a weeklong Summer Organizing Retreat, for students to come together and discuss endowment campaigning, corporate power, and strategies for winning.
ABOUT REC SUMMER ORGANIZING RETREATS:
Students across the country are standing up to corporate power and demanding control over their universities' money!
Universities, as major institutional investors, are failing our communities by supporting the financial status quo in higher ed: maximizing profit over all social or environmental considerations; choosing high-risk dealings over ensuring affordability for students; investing in highly complex financial instruments with little transparency; banking with Wall Street, instead of equally sound local community institutions; and choosing to not engage or influence the corporations in which they’re investing.
Youth are getting together and piece-by-piece, campaign-by-campaign, building an endowment movement. We invite you to join us for a week-long training retreat to develop your endowment knowledge and share strategies from across the movement! Our summer program is perfect for someone new to the responsible investment movement in higher education, or for someone looking to develop a strong campaign plan for next year. There is no previous experience or knowledge required.
WHAT WILL BE COVERED
We will be discussing a number of subjects relevant to today’s student leaders, including -
- Confronting corporate power: corporations and universities
- How to understand your endowment and the responsible investment strategies that can develop alternative economies
- How to be an effective student leader: recruiting, engaging, and organizing your campus
- Analyzing success stories, how responsible investment has impacted workers’ rights; environmental justice issues such as climate change, hydraulic fracturing and mountaintop removal coal mining; corporate contributions and our political system; LGBTQ nondiscrimination; poverty in our local communities; the impacts of the prison industrial complex, and much more.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
If you have a passion for justice and are prepared for an intensive and intimate experience, you have everything you need. The goal of this training is to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to create change at their university from the ground up. No previous knowledge or experience in finance, organizing, or activism is required.
Rolling until spaces are filled! We are currently accepting applications. The sooner the better.
The retreat will take place in Lanoka Harbor, NJ about 2 hours from NYC or Philadelphia. We will arrive the afternoon of July 19th and depart around 1pm July 24th.