The Modus Vivendi Society RETREAT: March 30 - 31, 2019

The focus of the Modus Vivendi Society Retreat is on Group Values: Collaboration, Common Purpose, and Controversy with Civility. A bulk of our time will be spent in interactive activities, discussions, and guided reflection focused on how collaborative leadership can be established with techniques to gain greater understanding and communication. 


  • Attend a one hour Orientation from 5:30-6:30pm on Thursday, March 14. Participants who cannot attend this program due to an already scheduled commitment will need to schedule a makeup meeting and can indicate this need on their application.
  • Pay a $50 REFUNDABLE deposit in cash or check to confirm participation. All deposits will be returned / refunded immediately after the program to all students who attend. If the deposit creates a substantial burden please indicate that on the application - this will not impact your chances of being invited to attend. 
  • Attend the entirety of the program and travel with the group to and from the retreat facility.

Applications are now closed.

2019 Schedule of Activities: 


  • 10:00a: Check in, program preparation meeting
  • 12:00p: Arrive at retreat site
  • 12:30p: Lunch
  • 1:30p: Small and large group activities, reflection, and discussion
  • 5:30p: Dinner
  • 6:30p: Small and large group activities, reflection, and discussion
  • 10:00p: Free Time


  • 9:00a: Small and large group activities, reflection, and discussion
  • 10:30p: Brunch
  • 11:30a: Small and large group activities, reflection, and discussion
  • 3:00p: Depart retreat site
  • 4:30p: Arrive back to UChicago

​*Please note: on campus residents will not have access to rooms until Sunday, March 31. DO NOT plan to be in your residence hall the night prior to the Retreat without making prior arrangements.

**Schedule is subject to change - participants will be notified of changes prior to confirming attendance

2019 Staff Facilitation Team: 

  • Brian Donahue: Assistant Director of College Programming, College Programming Office
  • Julie Edwards: Director, Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Elvis Guzman: Student Involvement Advisor, Center for Leadership & Involvement
  • Karen Pryor: Associate Director of Co-Curricular Involvement, Center for Leadership & Involvement
  • Ravi Randhava: Senior Director for the Center for Identity + Inclusion and Assistant Dean of Students in the University
  • Casey Talbot: Assistant Director of Student Leadership Development, Center for Leadership & Involvement


"It’s a really great way to learn to communicate about the things that are important to you even when others are in opposition to your views." -Retreat 2015 Participant