Bold Retreat

On January 11, 2013, the Marygrove College BOLD Council hosted its first retreat of Marygrove faculty, staff and students who comprise the current and new Teaching Learning and Leadership Teams (TLLT).  The all-day event was held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch near Detroit’s cultural center.

Over 40 Marygrove faculty, staff and students attended the retreat.  There was a strong contingent of current TLLT members who have been working since last summer on the BOLD initiative, to develop an urban leadership curriculum.  These teams include the Urban Subjects Matter, Artists  & Civic Engagement, Values & Principles of Leadership and Participatory Action Research TLLTs.  In addition, 4 new TLLT teams were formally established at the Retreat, those teams included:  Nontraditional Leadership, Ecology and Sustainability, Feminist Leadership and Entrepreneurship.   

The purpose of the retreat was to: 1) share experiences and successes of 2012 TLLTs; 2) clarify goals and strategies for 2013; 3) review the values and principles that inform the TLLT work; 4) celebrate the opportunity that Building our Leaders in Detroit (BOLD) presents for Marygrove College.  .

A joint team of faculty and staff (Frank Rashid, Mary Byrnes, Tom Klug and Brenda Price) presented The Detroit Story, a narrative that demonstrates how public policy is the reason for the city’s current social/economic problems, not Coleman Young or the 67 riot.  A cornerstone of the work of BOLD is preparing Marygrove students to know the real narrative while creating a new Detroit narrative. 

The afternoon focused on creating strategic actions to move forward.  Participants heard from faculty and staff that have integrated Urban Leadership into their course development.  A video interview with Ellis Ivory shared the strategy he is using to invoke urban leadership in his courses: .  During the afternoon participants spent the vast majority of the time in group discussions formulating next steps for the 4 new TLLT teams.

After a busy day of great information, reflection, discussion and strategizing, the day ended with a relaxing reception.  From the event evaluations, the vast majority of the participants (over 90%) indicated they thought this type of retreat should be an annual event.

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