“It’s so haard to say gooodbyeee to yesterdaaay epee,” sang Campbell Scholars as they reminisced around a campfire on the last day of their leadership retreat. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the annual Campbell Scholars Leadership Retreat during fall break. The 4-day retreat took place at Eagle Village Retreat Center in Hershey, Michigan. The purpose of this retreat is to assist students in becoming confident in their ability to articulate their purpose in college, to encourage students to have positive outlook on the obstacles they may face, and to guide students in identifying their academic, personal, and financial goals. “I enjoyed my time at this retreat. It was very enlightening learning new things about myself and peers. Even with just being there for a few short days, I am better for it,” says first-year Campbell Scholar, Lyndsie Johnson.
Scholars explored the themes: Becoming Comfortable in Self-Exploration; Developing Goals and Overcoming Challenges; and Appreciate Relaxing & Find Balance through Hobbies. Scholars completed a personality test, learned to establish S.M.A.R.T personal and financial goals, and participated in self-reflection exercises. They also engaged in physically challenging activities like a high ropes adventure course, archery tag, and “Trap Yoga” with Jamel Randall, a yoga instructor and Detroit native. Throughout the adventure, scholars created vision boards that they presented at the end of the retreat. Dr. Donnesha Blake, Director of Diversity and Inclusion reflects on the retreat saying, “The Leadership Retreat allowed students to really open up and learn about themselves and each other, to challenge themselves physically and mentally, and to learn the value of vulnerability. I learned so much about myself and the students during this time. I cannot wait to host this retreat again next year!”
The Campbell Scholars Program is an academic and social support group for students from Detroit, Michigan. The program provides students with a safe space to be themselves and feel heard. Campbell Scholars attend weekly lunches on Friday and Monday dinners where they engage in rich conversation about different topics ranging from interracial relationships to how cellphone use and social media effects people in our society. They also attend professional development workshops with various offices in the CSO and complete weekly study group sessions. Overall, the Campbell Scholars were given a chance to better themselves through the practice of self-empowerment, self-improvement, and self-exploration. “I thought that the retreat was great! I got to better figure out who I am as a person and how I work with others. I would gladly go again and recommend the retreat to others”, says first-year Campbell Scholar Lauryn Bishop. See you next year!