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Racial Identity Development Experience


What is the RIDE?

The Racial Identity Development Experience (R.I.D.E), a weekend retreat that provides a safe space for undergraduate students to consider and discuss experiences of race and identity. On this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, reflect on their own personal experiences, and learn from other students. 

The impact of the RIDE cannot be overstated, and is probably best expressed by past R.I.D.E participants. In post-evaluation surveys, participants have described the retreat as “an amazing, formative experience that taught me how far I have come and how far I have to go,” “a life-changing experience” “I finally feel like I belong,” “surpassed my expectations because I learned so much more than I ever could have anticipated,” and “the highlight of my BC career so far!”

Although the RIDE retreat is only limited to one weekend, the RIDE experience lasts throughout the year. Participants can sign up for the “Conversations Partner” program second semester, which pairs RIDE participants with graduate students mentors to continue discussions about race and identity. Additionally, this year the BAIC will launch RIDE 2.0: Intersecting Identities. RIDE 2.0 consists of three events where participants will further explore how race informs other aspects of their identity, such as gender, socioeconomic class, and sexuality. More information about the intersectionality series will be posted in January!


How can you help students learn more about the RIDE?

  • Invite us to pitch the retreat to your classroom or organization! We can keep our pitch as succinct as 1 minute or as detailed as 5 minutes, and allow time for question & answer.

  • Share our flyer and program description with your listservs!

  • Nominate students you know to lead or attend this retreat! To nominate a student, email We will follow up with the student to let them know about the nomination and give them all of the information they need to know to apply and/or register.


For professors only: Offer extra credit for students who attend the retreat! If you identify with the mission of our office and/or the R.I.D.E retreat, or if the program may enhance your student’s learning experience inside the classroom, consider incentivizing the retreat with extra credit. If you do, please let us know so that we can confirm your students’ participation with you!


Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in the RIDE, students will be able to:

  • Recognize how they have been socialized to see race and identify areas where racial differences have been reinforced 
  • Articulate awareness of own racial identity and express why
  • Demonstrate comfort-ability talking about race and identity
  • Develop one way to discuss racial identity in the future


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