The ROOTS Institute


Third Annual R.O.O.T.S. Institute 2014

Dates: Friday, February 28, 2014, 3pm to Sunday, March 2, 2014 3pm
Application Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014, 5pm

Apply for the 2014 ROOTS Institute using the online application form (UNCG login required).


The R.O.O.T.S. Institute is an interactive, educational and fun retreat focusing on engaging in deep dialogue on topics of diversity in the service of social justice. The aim is to use our different experiences in an increasingly multicultural society to both understand how the dynamics of power and privilege affect our lives at the personal, group and systemic levels and to develop strategies to deal with oppression in our own lives. Participants are encouraged to bring their whole selves to the experience: all identities, experiences, interests, political affiliations and spiritual traditions are welcome! We believe true learning involves the body, mind and spirit, therefore we encourage a holistic learning experience.



What are the career and professional benefits of attending?

Diversity and multiculturalism have become increasingly significant aspects our society and individuals with the tools to create inclusiveness and the skills to address oppression and are highly valued in all work settings. It is vital for future leaders to be able to create and manage diverse teams, negotiate intercultural conflict and see the world from different perspectives. So whether you plan to become a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, an artist, or an athlete, the skills and experiences that you will gain during the R.O.O.T.S. Institute will be invaluable!

Ultimately, we aim to create a community at the R.O.O.T.S. Institute and beyond that is more equitable, informed, motivated and compassionate.

What is social justice?

According to Adams, Bell & Griffin (2007):

We believe social justice is both a process and a goal. The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.

We can see from this definition that social justice is both a process and a goal. As a goal, we look to create a world that is more equitable for and embracing of all regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race and so forth. This is how most people think of social justice. As a process, social justice not just happen by itself and never has; people have to be willing to take risks, challenge themselves and be supportive of others. In order to transform society we must transform ourselves and the goal of the R.O.O.T.S. Institute is to move each of us further along in that process.


Goals for participants

R.O.O.T.S. Institute participants should be able to:

  • Meaningfully define words that will help them talk about social justice.
  • Be able to engage in constructive dialogues and provide a supportive space to share, listen, and reflect on experiences with oppression.
  • Acquire skills for dealing with oppressive behavior.
  • Begin to nurture a community of UNCG students committed to social justice issues

These goals are not comprehensive, however, as we hope that you will develop your own learning goals.



Apply for the 2014 ROOTS Institute using the online application form (UNCG login required).


Begin: Friday, February 28, 2014, 3pm
End: Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3pm
Where: The Summit Center, Haw River State Park, Brown Summit, NC
Cost: FREE for current UNCG students and includes transportation to The Summit Center
Note: Participation over the entire weekend, including staying overnight for two nights, is required for acceptance to the Institute.


For more information contact Dr. Mark Villacorta, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs (