University of Vermont

The Mosaic Center for Students of Color

Racial Aikido

"Racial Aikido provided a safe and comfortable environment for me to express what I was seeing about my identity and race. It was great to hear other stories and that made me feel less alone. An amazing experience!"
- Participant, Racial Aikido 2014

Apply today!

When: Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14
Where: Common Ground Center

Applications due by February 3

For more information, please contact Lam Phan or phone 802-656-0340

Do you eat dog?
Can I touch your hair?
Do you speak Mexican?
Can you do a rain dance?
What are you?

Are you tired of being asked these kinds of questions? Learn tools to combat racism!

If you identify as a student of color (ALANA/Bi/Multiracial) who has first-hand experience with racism and would like to learn skills to handle such situations, here is an opportunity for you! Racial Aikido is a diversity training specifically designed for students of colors.

Program Description

Racial Aikido is an annual free retreat that was created by the ALANA Student Center and the Center for Cultural Pluralism in 2006. The retreat is facilitated by UVM staff of color for self-identifying students of color only. Racial Aikido seeks to prepare students of color with the knowledge and skills to:

- Recognize the construct of race and racism within the U.S. context

- Explore their own racial and ethnic identity/ies

- Respond to acts of racism

- Debunk vicious stereotypes in order to maintain a positive self-image

- Heal from the impact of racism


Thank you to our many sponsors, who helped support Racial Aikido 2016: The Honors College, Academic Success Programs, Center for Cultural Pluralism, Residential Life, Dean of Students Office, Center for Student Ethics & Standards, Continuing and Distance Education, VP for Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Sodexo Dining Services, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Student Life, Living and Learning, Office of International Education, and the College of Education and Social Services.

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