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The Cultural Leadership Retreat is a off-campus weekend experience, filled with interactive social justice and leadership workshops, aimed to empower students to become change agents.

Cultural Leadership Retreat

Are you interested in understanding power and privilege? Do you want to learn more about how culture and identities impact leadership? Or are you wondering how you can become a positive social change agent in the community? Then the Cultural Leadership Retreat is for you!


All UNLV undergraduate and graduate students with at least a 2.5 grade point average and no social probations are eligible to apply to attend these retreats. Each retreat only has space for 40-50 students and priority is given to students who have not attended that specific retreat before.

Retreat Details

  • Retreats are typically held off-campus in order to provide an intimate and safe environment.
  • Lodging, meals, transportation and retreat materials are provided for all attendees by Student Diversity & Social Justice; therefore, there is no cost to participate.
    • Everyone will sleep in cabins located around the campsite. Each cabin has 10 beds and requires the cabin to share a bathroom.
    • Food will be catered through the lodge (all dietary needs will be shared with the staff).
    • Bring your own pillow and linens (towels, bed sheets) as they are not provided. For clothing, you will need warm clothes, a warm/winter jacket, and socks/slippers since shoes cannot be worn indoors. Also pack any toiletries such as lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, and any doctor prescribed medications. Other things you should consider bringing include a water bottle, umbrella, alarm clock, and your rebel card.
  • The retreat begins as soon as participants arrive at the retreat location on Friday and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
  • All participants must travel with the group and must attend the program in its entirety.

Application Process

UNLV undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending must complete an online application. When the application becomes available online, it is strongly encouraged that you allow enough time to review the application and carefully consider your responses to the essay questions before submitting. Essay questions include: Why do you want to attend this retreat? What does leadership mean to you? What does diversity mean to you?

Applications are carefully reviewed by the staff team. All applicants will receive an email at least one week before the retreat to notify them if they have been selected to attend. Those individuals not selected will be placed on an "Alternate List" in case spaces open up.

  • Individuals that are not accepted to attend can reapply next year.
  • Accepted to attend but no longer can go on the retreat? Any individual who is accepted but cannot attend must notify the retreat organizer immediately.