Fall 2021 Rainbow Retreat

Rainbow Retreat Fall 2020

Friday, Oct 15, 2021
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021
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Rainbow Retreat is an annual program for LGBTQIA+ and exploring/questioning students to engage in valuable reflection opportunities and community building with their peers at Carleton. The GSC is committed to providing this space and opportunity for students to explore their identities, make memories with new friends, and envision inclusive queer and trans communities on campus. As the world changes rapidly, the GSC has responded by making changes that allow programs like Rainbow Retreat to still be an impactful experience for participants while centering the health and safety of our entire community. The 2021 Rainbow Retreat will be hosted on Carleton’s campus.

The theme of the 2021 Rainbow Retreat is “We Are Family.” Too many queer and trans people still face discrimination from their family of origin. This can be a devastating experience for many people and having a network of support becomes more important than ever – that network of support for many becomes their family of choice. During Rainbow Retreat, participants will affirm their own identities through self-reflection and storytelling and have an opportunity to build their own family of choice at Carleton and beyond.

Rainbow Retreat occurs in October during LGBTQ+ History Month. This year the GSC is recognizing LGBTQ+ History Month through the theme – Legendary Children: Our Past, Present & Futures. As a reflection of our current community, Rainbow Retreat will be a space where LGBTQIA+ and questioning/exploring students can speak to what their lives look like in the present while considering how they can be a positive influence in cultivating inclusive queer and trans communities at Carleton.

More specific date, time and location information will be shared with students who register to participate in the 2021 Rainbow Retreat.

Questions? Please email gsc@carleton.edu


  1. Strengthen community and connections among Carleton students, staff and faculty who hold lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, gender non-binary, queer, questioning, asexual, aromantic and other marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQIA+), especially among people who are new to the Carleton community or are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  2. Create space for personal reflection about our own identities. In acknowledgement of the predominant white culture in LGBTQA+ spaces, we will center racial identity — whiteness, Latinidad, indigeneity, Asian descent, blackness, and mixed race identity –in our conversations about gender and sexuality to open up space for us to talk about how power, privilege, and marginalization shape our community experience.
  3. Explore the intersections of our identities, considering how our experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity are intertwined with and impacted by race, class, ability, religion, and other identity categories.  
  4. Increase the inclusivity and visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community at Carleton.

Important Dates

More information coming soon.