Retracing our Roots

2022 Trip Details

Deadline to Apply & Complete Mandatory Orientation: Friday, November 4
Meet at the ACC: Friday, November 11 @ 5 p.m. then depart for Bradford Woods
All Day Workshop: Saturday, November 12
Return to IUB: Saturday, November 12 @ 5 p.m.

2022 Guest Facilitators

Social/Welcome Activity and Reflection Facilitator: Samantha Huang, Grad student, Higher Education of Student Affairs, School of Education  

Workshop #1: Historical background on Model Minority Myth by Manabu Taketani, MA, Administrator, Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center 

Workshop #2: Identity & Intersectionality by Jonathan Kang, PhD Student, Counseling Psychology, Associate Instructor, School of Education

Workshop #3: Self, Family, and Community: Finding Your Voice by Dr. David Nguyen, IUPUI School of Education 

 Workshop  #4: Civic Engagement by Monica Heilman, PhD Student, Dept of Sociology

What is the "Retracing Our Roots" Retreat?

We are inviting students of Asian American and Pacific Islander backgrounds who are interested in examining issues in identity, ethnicity, and citizenship in the American experience through roundtable discussions, outdoor activities, and workshops.

This free retreat is meant to have the participants think about and investigate the aspects of identity, a diverse space experienced by so many individuals from immigrant and minority backgrounds, and certainly by many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We want to provide participants an opportunity to understand the intersections of identity and culture, to find a place of comfort in situations that may be uncomfortable, and to discover self-empowerment through knowledge and affirmation.

[The retreat] drove home for me that we all have different experiences, but that we are all welcome in this community.

Chithra Vedantam (2019)

Surprisingly, I found out [at the retreat] that, even though we were from different Asian groups, we had really similar experiences in prejudices we faced.

Niang Chin (2019)

Participants can Expect:

  1. to meet other students who want to learn about what it means to be an Asian American and/or Pacific Islander
  2. to participate in discussions on relevant issues and outdoor activities
  3. to gain mentorship and meaningful exchanges with other students who are involved in the community

Attendees will participate in small group discussions, outdoor activities, and workshops led by educators and students. Featured topics will include:

  • Asian American history
  • Current issues affecting the AAPI community
  • Ethnic identity and culture

This program is FREE! We will cover your meals and transportation to and from Bradford Woods. Due to limited space, we encourage students to apply early.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is included under the term Asian American and Pacific Islander?

This includes those who identify as American who are East Asian, Filipino, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and/or of mixed heritage that includes an Asian ethnicity.

What type of information do I give under "Ethnicity" on the registration form?

Applicants are required to list a specific ethnic background, such as Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Guamanian, Hawaiian, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Samoan, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Tongan, Vietnamese, etc. If you are of mixed heritage, please completely list your various backgrounds separated by commas.