Oregon Campus Compact hosted its second In-service Training at the Aldersgate Retreat Center in Turner Oregon. The ORCC staff and VISTA members spent two days at Aldersgate strengthening our community, supporting each others' needs, and digging deep into questions of equity and oppression.
The weekend began with many introductions. Firstly, the ORCC VISTAs were introduced to Kendra Henry, our new Program Manager. The VISTAs also introduced themselves in depth, having to answer the question "Who are you?" by defining the most important aspects of themselves to their peers.
The in-service training continued with presentations on the topic of equity and empowerment. The ORCC VISTAs had lively and engaging discussions on race and social justice as it related to society, their service sites, and their lives. They also engaged in an in depth presentation and exercise exploring the topic of oppression.
Highlights of the weekend included:
Through these discussions of power and privilege, we found that we all brought different ideas to the table and took away new lessons. We found that we all had things that we needed and things that we could give to each other. We finished the weekend in the spirit of mutual support that strengthened our community and in turn, our work.