The Association is committed to providing this opportunity for members to connect and engage in important dialogues and discussions in a positive and proactive way. What this means is that we need to consider our own positionality and be thoughtful in our approaches to ensure that we are all able to engage fully in conversations while minimizing harm and supporting each other when needed.
As participants at the MRFA Spring Retreat we agree to the following Community Agreements:
Facilitators will be present in each session throughout the retreat to provide support to speakers and attendees in adhering to these Community Agreements. If necessary, individuals may be asked to reframe their comments in alignment with the Agreements. If individuals engage in actions or words that are intentionally or unintentionally aggressive, bullying, or intimidating they may be asked to leave a session.
*due to the number of attendees and sessions at the retreat, these Community Agreements will only be read. Members with comments, questions or feedback related to these community Agreements are welcome to submit them via this form: https://bit.ly/3xNZhcL.*
Expectations of Participants
We need to operate in an environment of safety to fully engage in potentially difficult conversations. The Association has set the following expectations to assist in creating a safer environment.
Retreat participants are expected to:
Supporting Each Other Through Difficult Conversations
Should a participant or moderator perceive that the community agreement has not been observed or a behaviour does not meet expectations, the moderator will draw attention to the situation and may
Seeking Support When Needed
The program does include sessions which may give rise to difficult conversations; wherein, conversations may activate members and ongoing engagement in such conversations may be challenging in various personal, interpersonal, and emotional ways. Depending on your position, preference, and personal approach to these difficult situations, you may seek support at the retreat in the following ways:
On returning to campus, members are reminded of these existing resources to which you may refer for support or advice if you have concerns:
We appreciate your participation in the annual MRFA Spring Retreat.
We hope that it is a positive experience for all attendees.