The Student Leader Retreat (SLR) is a 2 day program that strives to create a space where Georgia Tech students can practice their leadership skills by collaborating with other organizations and administrators in order to develop relationships to better serve their constituents. Those skills and the synergy created among the participants will be utilized to focus on collaborative solutions to campus issues that impact the campus culture. For nearly 15 years, the Student Leader Retreat has provided a forum for student leaders, staff, and faculty to engage in meaningful dialogue around campus issues and initiatives. These issues and initiatives are brainstormed and problem-solved by the student leaders. Staff and faculty provide resources and support as they move through this process of innovation.
In 2018, Student Engagement and the Division of Student Life engaged LeaderShape's Catalyst Program to deliver a day-long program to explore the question "Who are you as a student leader?"; students engaged in conversations on self-development and taking control of their own personal leadership story. Bringing together 40 students from Tech's 500+ registered student organizations, the retreat began with an evening of exploring personal strengths and developing skills to strategize and manage strengths within student leader teams.
In 2017, the Student Leader Retreat engaged with the “I Feel Safe When…” campaign. The first day of the retreat included short presentations from workgroups, initiatives, and active taskforces that are currently addressing campus issues (e.g.; Black Student Experience Taskforce, End Suicide Together campaign, Greek Affairs Taskforce, and Health & Wellbeing). Our goal was to work together to create informed and collaborative solutions that addressed student organization impact around the topics emerging from the ‘I Feel Safe When…” campaign.
In 2016, the Student Leader Retreat focused on strategies to better develop student organization leaders. Student participants were provided a copy of Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet to read prior to the retreat. Coaches from the Leading Edge and Organization Coaching Programs facilitated retreat elements. The goal defined was to work together in order to create collaborative solutions that address student organization leadership support at Georgia Tech.
In 2015 the Student Leader Retreat focused on the work of the Georgia Tech Mental Health Task Force. The goal was to create a space for Student Organization Leaders to work together in order to create collaborative solutions that address this issue on campus. The retreat took place on January 24-25, 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does the program cost?
The program is free to those who apply and are accepted. Funds for the program have traditionally been from the Division of Student Life, The Parents Fund, and Buzz Funds.
What do I need to pack?
A complete packing list will be shared closer to the event. Dress for the retreat is casual. You will be asked to bring your own bedding to be used at the retreat center in bunk style arrangements.
Where will we be going?
The retreat will begin on campus in the Student Center and travel by bus to the retreat center in Covington, Georgia before dinner on Friday.
Do I have to attend the entire retreat?
Yes. While exceptions may be made for classes that run late on Friday, we ask that all student participants commit to attending the full retreat and traveling to and from the center by bus. The retreat is limited to 60 students.