Rainbow Retreat

Date, Time and Location
Rainbow Retreat will take place January 18 - 20, 2019 at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, MN, about a 50 minute drive from Carleton. A bus will depart from Willis Hall on Friday, January 18 and return on Sunday, January 20 around 1:00 pm.

Purpose of the Retreat

The Rainbow Retreat has three goals:

  • Strengthen community and connections among Carleton students, staff and faculty who hold lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, gender non-binary, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic and other marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQA+), especially among people who are new to the Carleton community or are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • Create space for personal reflection about our own identities. In acknowledgement of the predominant white culture in LGBTQA+ spaces, we will center racial identity -- whiteness, Latinidad, indigeneity, Asian descent, blackness, and mixed race identity --in our conversations about gender and sexuality to open up space for us to talk about how power, privilege, and marginalization shape our community experience.  
  • Explore the intersections of our identities, considering how our experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity are intertwined with and impacted by race, class, ability, religion, and other identity categories.
  • Increase the inclusivity and visibility of the LGBTQA+ community at Carleton.

In 2019, the Rainbow Retreat will be facilitated by Audrey Kuo and Povi-Tamu Bryant. Since 2003, the Rainbow Retreat has served as a space for Carleton College's LGBTQA students to build relationship and community, to do emotional processing among peers with shared experiences, and to strategize for the increased visibility and inclusion of LGBTQA students on campus.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, December 3, 5:00pm
    Rainbow Retreat Interest Forms DEADLINE EXTENDED
  • Friday, January 11, 4:30-5:30pm, Goodhue Superlounge
    Orientation session for Rainbow Retreat attendees to review cabin assignments, packing lists, and schedules. 

Please email gsc@carleton.edu.