On Friday, March 29, students from the Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA) joined the AARC’s Rise Up! committee for a two-day, one-night retreat at the Claremont Colleges. The retreat was a success: the students explored themes of community building, self-empowerment, self-expression, and a sense of place within the community. The retreat centered on workshops led by SEACA staff members, Rise Up! coordinators, and TeAda Productions, a group that strives to empower underserved communities through the development and presentation of interdisciplinary theatrical performance pieces by, for and about people of color. These workshops focused on community building and activism, self-empowerment and narrative exchange through photography, and story-sharing and empowerment through theater performance.
The students also had the chance to explore new ideas and experiment with infrared cameras at Brackett Observatory with Professor Philip Choi of Pomona College’s Physics and Astronomy Department. Overall, the students and coordinators alike had a great time during the retreat while learning more about themselves and their community. Thank you to everyone who was able to help out with the retreat!