A day of experiential learning with Black and Brown leaders.
Costs: $40
includes travel and meals
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Why a Refuel Roadtrip?

Admitting deficiencies and asking for help is not always safe for leaders of color. Where others are coached, the vulnerabilities of leaders of color are often used to disqualify, diminish, and exploit. UCC also understands the importance of embracing diversity in learning preferences and styles. Our research shows that UCC leaders prefer experiential learning rooted in relationship. This research is congruent with what Dr. Joy DeGruy refers to as the axology of Black and Brown folks. UCC uses tactile learning, storytelling, travel, and visual approaches to leadership development and personal growth. This innovative model fosters the transfer of technical knowledge, expertise, social networks, and form communities of practice, but in a safe space.
UCC’s Refuel Roadtrips provide Black and Brown difference makers opportunities to ‘just be’, to unpack stressors and struggles of workplace life in West MI, dedicated time in community with kinfolks, and professional development to support ongoing excellence in our respective industries and spheres of influence.

FriDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018


6:00 a.m.
Charter bus/Staff onsite

6:30 a.m.
UCC Alumni, Cohort, Staff arrive for check-in

7:00 a.m.
Bus departs for Detroit

9:30 a.m.
Charter bus arrives at Detroit Sip

Meet-and-greet with Live6Detroit and
Detroit Collaborative Design Center Leaders

Breakfast Menu (served by Good Cakes and Bakes)
• Potato, cheddar, bacon
• Spinach, feta, sundried tomato
Lemon Blueberry Muffins
Banana Nut Bread
Fresh fruit tray
Beverages (via Detroit Sip)

Panel Discussion
• Cecily King, Live6Detroit
• Jeremy Lewis, Live6Detroit
• Ajara Alghali, Live6Detroit
• Rebecca ‘Bucky’ Willis (Detroit Collaborative Design Center Leader)
• April Anderson (owner Good Cakes and Bakes)
• Jevona Fudge (owner Detroit Sip)
• Nailah Ellis-Brown (owner Ellis Island Tea) [30 minutes]

11:15 a.m.
Panel and breakfast conclude
• Distribute thank you gifts
• Group photo

11:30 a.m.
Walk and shop tour of the Avenue of Fashion/Live6Detroit. Group divided into walking tours of 5 + local Detroit leaders for deeper dive conversations, touring, and shopping.
• Fiberworks
• SOS Fitness
• Detroit Collaborative Design Center @ University of Detroit-Mercy
• Live6 Identified businesses and community partners

12:30 p.m.
All walking groups return to Detroit Sip for bathroom break/contact exchange

12:45 p.m.
Board bus/Depart for Congress of Communities
Walking tour sharing on bus

1:30 p.m.
Arrive at Congress of Communities, Southwest Detroit
Catered Lunch

Panel Discussion
Maria Salinas
CoC team
Local resident leaders -- adults and teens

3:00 p.m.
30-minute Soutwest Detroit Walking Tour
• Group divided into walking tours of 5+ local Detroit leaders for deeper dive conversations, touring, and shopping in Southwest Detroit.

3:40 p.m.
All groups return to Congress of Communities
• Distribute thank you gifts
• Group Photo

3:50 p.m.
Board bus and head to the Riverwalk Detroit

4:15 p.m.
Riverwalk Detroit
• Non-TLP cohort members can walk, rest, have deeper dive conversations with peers, stroll the Renaissance Center/downtown Detroit  etc.
• TLP Cohort -- Orientation

5:30 p.m.
Everyone returns to the bus

5:45 p.m.
Arrive for Happy Hour/Meal with Detroit Leaders at Cliff Bells Menu

Cru d’Ete, fresh cut vegetables and house made dip
Fresh fruit w/ sweet, cream cheese dip
Mini crab cakes
Merguez Meatballs, spicy lamb and pork sausage meatballs with a port reduction
Fritto Misto, fried calamari, shrimp, zucchini, shallot, carrots, and spicy tomato aioli

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour Event @ Cliff Bells
Meal included; drinks are the responsibility of each attendee

7:30 p.m.
Final thank you and group photo

7:45 p.m.
Board buses

8:00 p.m.
Depart for Grand Rapids

10:30 p.m.
Arrive in Grand Rapids

11:00 p.m.
Event Ends