Saturday Night Live, Existentialism, Political theory, McSweeney's, Beyonce, & The New Yorker
February 26, 2017
Last semester, I went on Common Ground’s annual social justice retreat, enVision. I was pumped to learn more about social justice, and cautiously optimistic about making new friends and opening up to new experiences. All in all, enVision was an experience I wouldn’t trade the world for. When enVision 2 was announced at the beginning of this semester, I was excited to apply.
The theme for enVision 2 was about putting social justice into action. We planned to each take a concept and develop it over the weekend, so that we could come back to campus with a strategy to make action happen.
I was excited when last weekend rolled around: enVision 2 was finally here.
Over the weekend, we added a lot of tools to our ‘social justice toolboxes,’ including, but not limited to, breakout sessions, workshops, meeting with activists from the Richmond area, power mapping AND power napping, lectures, and activities.
But just like my best intentions to spell ‘Cory’ correctly on my strategy poster — not everything goes according to plan.
About halfway through the weekend, the students and leadership collectively decided to restructure the retreat in order to best fit the needs of all participants.
I was a little surprised at the mid-weekend restructure, but it ended up that each of us were able to get a lot more out of the retreat this way.
For the rest of the weekend, we focused on networking, and offering our expertise to others. I think it was powerful to realize that my peers had a variety skills, values, and opportunities to offer each other.
We were able to move past obstacles and come out on the other side with our passions and plans intact.
Building communities and growing action isn’t always smooth. And, like I said last time, we don’t live in a beautiful honeydew melon world, but we’ve got to do our best to make change.
Take your CROY and make it a CORY!
Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.
Why UR?I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.