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There exists a need to build a community for Women of Color where they can be free from the fear of authentic expression. The Women of Color Retreat serves to create a community focused on finding meaning, healing, support, trust, and to reach actualization by focusing on the inner parts of the self. It’s purpose is to create a just space where Women of Color can express themselves, explore their multiple realities and intersecting identities as well as discover the intricacies of power, leadership, sisterhood, and scholarship. The retreat is open to undergraduate and graduate student self-identified Women of Color who seek to challenge, explore, and nurture themselves authentically through self-exploration with other Women of Color.

Participants of the Women of Color Retreat will have the opportunity to create bonds with other students as well as faculty and staff of color as we collectively take ownership over our authentic identities as women from varying cultural backgrounds, gender and/or sexual expressions, and religious and/or spiritual backgrounds. By nurturing ourselves individually and collectively we strengthen community bonds to create positive self-care and academic fortitude, positively affecting our connection to and impact on our campus.

The retreat is an overnight experience which will include a variety of sessions and speakers focused on the goals of Education/Awareness, Skill Building, Leadership, Community, Healing, and Power. We will celebrate our individuality and commonalities through interactive, intentional, and thought-provoking engagement; taking the time for critical self-reflection and exploration of identity.


November 10th – 11th, 2017
Eastern 4H Center

Hosted by the NC State University Women’s Center. 
Multicultural Student Affairs is a supporting financial contributor for the keynote speaker. If you and/or your department is interested in providing financial support to the Women of Color Retreat, please email


  • Registration is open August 23 – September 30
  • Students will be notified by October 6th
  • After notification deposit ($20) securing spot to be paid to Women’s Center by October 11th (more info will be provided when notified of acceptance)
  • Students waitlisted invited by October 12th with final deposit by October 16th
  • Pre-Departure Meeting – TBD
  • Depart November 10th at 3:30pm







Chimi Boyd Keyes - Saturday Keynote

Chimi Boyd-Keyes, M.A. is a successful entrepreneur and much sought after consultant, speaker, trainer and grant writer, she is passionate about creating programs and initiatives that develop leaders and promote an equitable, inclusive environment. As a seasoned Higher Education professional for 18 years, Chimi has worked extensively on women’s and gender issues and topics relating to other marginalized populations. She has directed two university Women’s Centers, one at a historically black university (HBCU) and one at a predominantly white university (PWI).

Chimi was a Co-Principal Investigator of the only published study that exists on Sexual Assault at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and has been a consultant and Technical Assistance provider for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault programs, the US Army and colleges and universities throughout the country. She also serves on both state-wide Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention taskforces in North Carolina. She is proud to have created a bystander intervention training specifically for HBCUs and students of color at all colleges and universities called “BOUT that Life”, which as listed as one of NASPA’s Culture of Respect’s Emerging Prevention programs. Her newest addition is SHElect, a workshop for girls and women of color who wish to pursue elected leadership.

Learn more about Chimi at

Dr. Natalie Bullock Brown

Natalie Bullock Brown is an award winning and Emmy nominated producer, and is an assistant professor of film and broadcast media in the Department of Media & Communications at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Natalie is currently producing and directing a documentary that explores the impact of beauty ideals on black women, tentatively titled “Baartman, Beyoncé & me”. For more than a decade, Natalie served as co-host of Black Issues Forum, a public affairs program on UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network. Natalie was also an associate producer on documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ 10 part PBS series, Jazz. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northwestern University.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact Sara Forcella at 919.513.3188.