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UCLA's Intergroup Relations Program is set to host a “healing retreat for students involved in social justice advocacy" Saturday — and will offer aromatherapy, dance and therapeutic creative writing to participants. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

UCLA's Intergroup Relations Program is set to host a “healing retreat for students involved in social justice advocacy" Saturday — and will offer aromatherapy, dance and therapeutic creative writing to participants.

The name of the event is "reTREAT YO’ SELF."

"Our purpose is to provide a positive and collaborative space for student leaders of color and allies to decompress and recenter themselves so that they may continue to do important work in their communities," the event description reads.

In addition, there will be "a series of workshops (e.g. aromatherapy, dance, therapeutic creative writing) led by community members from the Los Angeles area that promote self-wellness and relaxation. Together, we hope to unearth a collective understanding that we must love and care for ourselves first."

The event description concludes with a quote from poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou: “Nothing works unless you do.”

What questions must students answer before being considered for the retreat?

Due to limited retreat space, students have to RSVP by filling out an application and answering the following questions:

  • "What are your gender pronouns?"
  • "How do you practice social justice in your life?"
  • "What are some of the social, political, or cultural identities you hold that are salient to you?"

Campus Reform said it reached out to UCLA for comment on how reTREAT Yo’Self is funded but did not receive an immediate response.

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