Great Expectations Mentorship Retreat

Purpose of GEM:

GEM is a year-long mentorship program designed to support new BIPOC and first-generation college students’ transition to L&C. GEM kicks off this mentorship program with a 2 night retreat; where new students will develop a new community with other BIPOC/First-Gen students, staff and faculty; gain tips and tricks on navigating L&C; and learn about all the possibilities on our campus.

Goals of the retreat:

  1. Explore at least 2 new interests and/or possibilities (friendships, resources, opportunities, etc.).
  2. Learn at least 2 tips and tricks to navigate L&C
  3. Build a community of support from peers

2024 GEM Retreat Sign Ups Coming Soon! email multicultural@lclark.edu for questions!

2023 (drafted) Retreat Agenda

Friday, Sept 22nd

  • 3:30pm - Check-in for GEM @ Progress Flag Road (between East Hall and Roberts Hall)
  • 3:45pm - Depart from campus
  • 5:30pm - Arrive at Aldergate Camps & Retreat
  • 6:00pm - Dinner
  • 6:45pm - Welcome & Expectations
  • 7:30pm - Community Bonding (icebreakers, games and team bonding)
  • 10:00pm - Evening Accouncements
  • 10:05pm - Free Time: Homework, Hangout, Having fun!
  • 11:30pm - Quiet Time/Lights Out

Saturday, Sept 23rd

  • 7:45am - Morning walk/yoga
  • 8:00am - Breakfast
  • 9:15am - Team Bonding, IME Performances Prep
  • 10:00am - Faculty & Staff Panel
  • 11:00am - Resource Fair
  • 11:45pm - Lunch (Faculty & Staff Panelists and Resource Fair guests to join)
  • 1:00pm - Break: Free-time/Nap/Homework
  • 2:00pm - Organized Activities (rock wall, basketball, capture the flag, vision board, friendship bracelet making, badminton, field games, crafts, board games, free-time)
  • 5:00pm - IME Performances Prep
  • 6:00pm - Dinner
  • 6:45pm - IME Performances
  • 7:15pm - Break
  • 7:30pm - Connections - MicroLab or Signs of Identity
  • 9:00pm - Debriefs with Mentors
  • 10:00pm - Free-time (Smores, Dance, Games, Crafting, Homework)
  • 12:00am - Quiet Time

Sunday, Sept 24th

  • 8:00am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am - Mentor Bonding
  • 10:15am - Closing, Reflections
  • 10:45am - Depart
  • 12:15pm - Lunch at the Bon

Questions? Have accommodations we can help with? Please email us at multicultural@lclark.edu!