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LUM Annual Staff Retreat at MatchBOX

Topic: Building an Antiracist Workplace at LUM

Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong, professional development retreat at the MatchBOX Coworking Studio, Lafayette. The LUM Staff Retreat is an annual opportunity to pause, learn, interact & be better.

The topic was, “Building an Antiracist Workplace.” The interactive workshop was led by Dr. Jacqueline M. Gatson (Cooper Gatson & Associates and Purdue Engineering), and covered cultural identity, hidden bias, micro-aggression, stereotype threat, bodily racist, and behavioral racism. Dr. Gatson encouraged conversations to bring awareness to racism in our work and created a safe space for everyone to share their experiences openly. It was powerful retreat. Each staff member was open-minded, eager to learn and excited to grow.

Using the MatchBOX studio with enhanced technology and social distancing as well as allowing staff to attend remotely, the retreat was safe and successful. Staff members also had an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger team. 

Special THANKS to Dr. Gatson, everyone at MatchBOX, and the Tippecanoe County Public Library for making this year’s LUM Staff Retreat the best retreat ever. To view more PHOTOS from the retreat, click HERE.

LUM Staff Retreat – Annual Daylong Renewal

FISH! Philosophy Introduced to LUM Staff

Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

This year’s retreat focused on improving the “organizational culture” using “energy, passion & positive attitudes” that leads to better service and a more collaborative & creative team. Pablo Malavenda, LUM executive program director, led the retreat using the “FISH! Philosophy“ video and structured discussions related to their work at LUM. It was a fun & powerful retreat — everyone was open-minded, eager to learn and excited about the topic. The LUM staff members also had an opportunity to learn more about each other. Everyone is now refreshed and motivated to improve their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children, students, parents & families.

LUM Annual Staff Retreat – Productive Day

Focus on Diversity, Racism & Inclusion

Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main focus of this year’s retreat on diversity, racism & inclusion. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, led the retreat using White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo for the retreat curriculum (with permission from C-Span). The LUM staff members watched DiAngelo’s recent presentation on C-Span Books — and related it to their work at LUM. It was powerful retreat — everyone was open-minded, eager to learn and excited to grow. The staff also had an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger team. Everyone is now refreshed and motivated to improve their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

To view White Fragility – Video Online, click HERE.

LUM Staff Retreat 2018


Recently, the staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main retreat topics for discussion were LUM Volunteers and the LUM Social Justice Ministry including the Campaign for Hoosier Families as well as the LUM Immigration Clinic. Overall, it was a very productive day filled with lively discussion allowing everyone to give input resulting in great ideas for serving volunteers and clients better in all of the LUM program areas.

Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to be more effective in their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

Thanks to Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp for hosting the retreat.

Picture above L to R — Row 1: Kaitlyn Hettinger, Saidie Spikes, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette, Linda Hicks; Row 2: Fanesta Williams, Tricia Sembroski, Joe Micon, Connie Kepner Davis, Tiffany Finch-King; Row 3: Danny Pillott, Amanda Bajzatt, Connie Decker, Nate Gick, David Heckert, Josh Prokopy, Ben Murphy; not pictured: Pablo Malavenda. To view more photos, click HERE.

LUM Staff Retreat 2017


The staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry recently participated in a daylong “retreat.” The LUM staff gathered at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.




The main retreat topics for discussion were reviewing job duties, feedback on the LUM “clients” website, and planning for LUM’s future. Overall, it was a very productive day filled with lively discussion allowing everyone to give input resulting in great ideas for serving clients better in all of the LUM program areas.



Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to be more effective in their work with clients, guests, students & families.



Thanks to Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp for hosting the retreat.



Picture above L to R —
Row 1: Nikolas Ballard, Amanda Bajzatt, Gayle Koning, Susan Brouillette;
Row 2: Lafayetta Tellis, Gina Williams, Joe Micon, Cindy Haley;
Row 3: Tiara Neal, Joshua Holmes, Tricia Sembroski, Clarinda Crawford, Ernie Haupt, Ben Murphy, Linda Hicks;
not pictured: Pablo Malavenda


LUM Staff Retreat 2016


The staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry recently participated in a daylong “retreat.” The staff gathered in a beautiful home along the Tippecanoe River in Carroll County.


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LUM Staff — front row: Susan Brouillette, Linda Hicks, Tricia Sembroski, Lavelle Felix, Joe Micon; second row: Pablo Malavenda, Cindy Haley, Clarinda Crawford, Amanda Druhan, Marilyn Zerbes; back row: Tyrus Lister, Martin Heartfield, Joshua Holmes, Michael Nocentelli


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The main topic for discussion was how to use the LUM website to better serve LUM “client”
using the LUM website. It was a productive day filled with lively discussion giving everyone a chance to give input on the benefits, drawbacks, appearance and content of the proposed “client online portal.” Small group and large group discussions resulted in many great ideas for serving clients in all of the LUM program areas.


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Additionally the retreat gave the LUM staff an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger, more effective team. By the end of the day, everyone was refreshed and motivated to better serve our clients, guests, students & families.


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Thanks to Deb Parent who attended as a liaison to the LUM Board of Directors and Susan Brouillette for hosting the retreat. The staff also enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Klein Brot Haus Bakery in downtown Brookston.


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