Cost Benefit Analysis:
Participating in RAPP requires participating in four three-hour meetings and one overnight retreat a quarter for one academic year and completing short tasks between meetings.
If we err on the overestimate that a participant would spend 30 minutes on the between-sessions activities and add in all 24 hours that folks are away on retreat (only 9 of these spent in session), that means that RAPP requires a commitment of 118 hours. Over the 34 weeks in which RAPP is in session, this averages out to just under three and a half hours per week.
So, what do you get for those 3.5 hours a week investment?
- Enhanced leadership skills - particularly skills that fall under inclusive leadership
- Enhanced communication skills - particularly skills that fall under intercultural communication
- Enhanced self-awareness - particularly around social identities
- Valuable intercultural experience - future employers and educational opportunities prefer candidates who demonstrate global awareness and experience
- Stronger critical thinking skills - exploring concepts as complex as oppression build your brain muscles
- A Bearcat family, a home away from home - friendships built in RAPP tend to be unique in that you've explored engaging but taboo topics, that you've worked positively through disagreements, and that you've developed a fuller understanding of each other between and among differences
Is all of this worth 3.5 hours a week to you?