Spectrum Center

The Spectrum Empowerment Leadership Retreat (SELR) is a leadership retreat customized for LGBTQ students at University of Michigan (UM). This one-day retreat provides leadership competencies, derived from MLEAD’s core competencies, for students to thrive and build resilience on University of Michigan's campus and beyond. In addition to gaining skills related to building community and resilience, participants also gain a stronger awareness of self and develop the tools to help them navigate different environments. Participants will engage in community-building activities, dialogue, storytelling, and self-reflection. The majority of the retreat will be led by trained Peer Facilitators (more information below), and participants will have the opportunity to explore and learn about different on and off campus resources.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 9:00-5:00pm
Location: Eastern Michigan University, Student Center Room 310A

To participate in the Spectrum Empowerment Leadership Retreat, you need to be an enrolled student at University of Michigan during the retreat day.

SELR Participation Form
Deadline: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

              SELR Peer Facilitator Information

All Peer Facilitators must have at least one semester of enrollment at UM and participate in a brief mandatory training.  If you are interested in being a peer facilitator, please complete the form below. There are no interviews in the Peer Facilitator recruitment process. Please be thoughtful and thorough in your responses as they will help determine your selection in this role. You will be notified of your selection.

Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Location: Trotter Multicultural Center, Rec Room


SELR Peer Facilitator Form
Deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2019

                  Frequently Asked Questions


Is everything paid for, including meals?
Yes, all costs are covered by the Spectrum Center (i.e. transportation, meals, etc.). There are no out-of-pocket expenses with the retreat.

What type of food will be having at the retreat?
All food will be catered and selected by the Spectrum Center staff. We will provide snacks throughout the retreat, and we will ensure that all dietary restrictions noted on your registration form are taken into consideration when choosing meals.

Is wireless internet available?
Yes. Wireless internet login information will be provided on site.

How will I get to the retreat location?
The retreat location is on Eastern Michigan University's campus in Ypsilanti, MI. We are working on providing rides to participants who need transportation. For any transportation assistance and/or accommodations, please contact spectrumcenter@umich.edu as soon as possible.

Are we permitted to leave the retreat at any time throughout the retreat?
Students are encouraged to stay throughout the entire retreat with exception of unforeseen immediate emergencies.

What should I expect to learn?
Students attending the retreat should expect to gain leadership competencies and skills relevant to navigating campus and society as someone who identifies within the LGBTQ community. This is also a great moment to build meaningful relationships with members of the LGBTQ UM community.

Who is attending?
LGBTQ student leaders who are actively enrolled at University of Michigan. You will also interact with LGBTQ leaders throughout campus and the local community.


For any additional questions, please contact spectrumcenter@umich.edu or call (734) 763-4186.