Third Space: A Retreat for Faculty of Color
The post-colonial theorist Homi Bhaba used the term “third space” to refer to the liminal spaces that occur when cultures collide and create the context for (re)negotiating identity and imagining liberation. In Sociology, “third places” refers to locations that are neither home nor work where we come together to strengthen our sense of community. The Third Space Retreat, a collaboration between the Center for Teaching Excellence and Intersections, creates space for faculty of color from across the university to rest, build and strengthen relationships, and reflect on unique and shared joys and challenges in pursuit of personal and professional goals.
Hosted for three days at the Connors Center Dover retreat house, participants spend time together at meals, when listening to colleagues’ reflections on their experiences as faculty, and during optional conversations about scholarship and art. Much of the retreat is unstructured, providing space for participants to use the time as they wish, whether that’s exploring the grounds, having conversations with colleagues, researching, or resting.