Summer Skill Share Retreat for Palestine Student Activists
Date(s) - 07/30/2017 - 08/02/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Stony Point Retreat Center
Organizers from groups across the country (SJP, JVP, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, etc) are excited to announce the Summer Skillshare for Student Palestine Activists, a 4-day summer retreat focused on developing organizing skills for the upcoming academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for incoming board members to build up skills and learn from each other in preparation for the 2017-2018 academic year of campus organizing.
The goal of this retreat is to provide student activists committed to justice in Palestine with practical and theoretical tools that will enhance their organizing efforts on their respective campuses. The skills and knowledge students will share and acquire will hopefully be taken back to their campuses and utilized throughout the 2017-2018 year.
This retreat is being organized and facilitated by student activists and recent graduates, with support from the Campus Palestine Support Network, a collection of groups including members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and more.
This skill-sharing retreat will cover topics such as:
– Building a base of students on campus
– Planning and conducting a political campaign which includes strategies to keep the pressure on administration to follow through on student demands
– Developing writing and media skills
– Navigating common challenges student activists face on campus
– Strategy sharing for engaging and building power with off-campus community and other allies
– Ensuring your campus organization is sustainable over the long term, including institutionalizing organizational memory and planning for efficient leadership turnover and transitions
– And more, including skills and experiences our various participants will bring to share
Our goal for this project is to achieve:
– An exchange of best practices between students from different areas and contexts.
– The development of organizing skills that students can use to pursue the campaigns or political projects that they envision on their campuses.
– The ability to support and sustain healthy and long-lasting organizing spaces and to pass on knowledge from this retreat to other members of campus groups.
– To create space for us to exchange ideas about our activism, in order to situate our student activism within clear, ethical and justice-centered political principles and goals.
Students who are pursuing, hope to pursue, or have completed a boycott and/or divestment campaign, and students interested in intersectional coalition building are especially encouraged to apply!
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline is June 1. Apply as soon as possible!