Summer Training Retreat Team!
“This week gave us a chance to challenge our thoughts, values, boundaries, and limits. Simply put, it made me think, constantly about everything and actually discuss it with others and discuss it meaningfully. It was a week in which we were all forced to not only thing critically about our societies but to think critically of ourselves.” Ossob Mohamud (Qatar Hub Co-CC)
“The idea of opening up completely and trusting people you have met would seem completely foreign to most people. Even though I felt somewhat uncomfortable about it, I knew that most of the other people in this retreat would be having the exact same feelings. It is like when one emotion takes over a group of people, except something else happened. All of the nervousness melts into complete trust and admiration for the accomplishments of a fantastic group of people.” Zenen Jaimes (Georgetown University- Co-CC)
“The STR has definitely made me feel a lot more confident about my role within OWYP and the overall expectations for the functioning of our hub at SFSQ next year. I have the tools I need to be a good facilitator, or to help with conflict resolution and mediation, and even to work with my PAs and students on community mapping. But looking back on this week, what I am most thankful for is the community that we have formed over the course of this week, because I am certain that this is my fellow CC and I will return to repeatedly over the next year, and definitely one that we will continue to appreciate even beyond our time as CCs.” Kim (Campus Coordinator, SFS Qatar Hub)
“I learned so many different things from being here in Capon Bridge and at the retreat. I learned the value in everyone’s differences and also in many cases learned how similar we are which I do not think I would have realized without ever getting to know anyone.” Danielle Smith (UMass Boston Co-CC).
“One of the goals I have for myself this week is to step outside of my comfort zone as often as possible. It’s my philosophy that in order to grow as a person, it is necessary to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while. Pushing my limits banishes complacency and encourages me to learn new things about others and myself. This concept, of not knowing what lies underneath the surface, is such an apt description of my experience at this training retreat…” Corey Cameron (Georgetown University- Co-CC)
“I was personally thankful for and fascinated by the personal social justice narratives of the staff; they each spoke about where they come from, their experience with social justice work, who or what inspired them to this work, and how OWYP fits into their story. I think we Campus Coordinators (CCs) all felt a connection with the staff before, like we are similar-minded people who are dedicated to this new approach to education, but these personal stories really helped us view them in a fuller light, to better understand why they have decided to dedicate their lives to the cause. I have been through many trainings and conferences in the past (albeit not quite this long), but I have been extremely impressed with the thought, the design, and the vision behind this summer training.” Stephen Muse (UMass Boston Co-CC)