Great Expectations Mentorship Retreat

Great Expectations Mentorship (GEM) is a program designed to help incoming first-generation college students and/or students of color transition into Lewis & Clark College. As a part of GEM, you are invited to attend a three-day kick-off retreat where you will:

  • Stay two nights in a cabin (with electricity and heat and have access to indoor showers) with other GEM Mentees and Mentors. 
  • Gain tips and tricks on how to navigate your first year at L&C from GEM Mentors, Staff, and Faculty of color/First-Generation.
  • Connect with other new students through interactive games and bonding activities.

This kick-off retreat is designed to support your transition to L&C and set you up for academic and social success! 

Sign up for GEM Today: GEM 2022 Registration Form

2022 Retreat Agenda

*agenda items are subjected to change

Friday, Sept 9th

  • 6pm: Welcome/Dinner
  • 7:00pm: Tour of Camp Collins
  • 7:30pm: Cluster Storytelling
  • 9:30pm: Community Building through Evening Activities

Saturday, Sept 10th

  • 8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:45am: Team Building Activities (Aerial course, photo scavenger hunt, board games and more)
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Community Building with Faculty & Staff Panel
  • 1:30pm: Faculty & Staff Panel
  • 2:00pm: Break
  • 3:30pm: Icebreaker
  • 3:45pm: College 101 Workshops
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 6:30pm: Signs of Identity Workshop
  • 8:15pm Community Building through Evening Activities

Sunday, Sept 11th

  • 8:00am: Yoga/Morning Walk
  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am: Retreat cleanup
  • 10:00am: Closing: Silent Affirmations