The Fearless Leadership Institute (FLI) is designed to advance Black Women and Latinas through academic excellence, professional development, and personal growth. Several campus programs are organized throughout the semester that focus on all aspects of personal and professional development. We hold weekly interest groups to address topics ranging from financial responsibility to networking to healthy relationships. Our mission is to cultivate empowered and innovative women as they prepare to graduate from The University of Texas at Austin and move into the next stage of their lives.
The Annual Leadership Retreat
The leadership retreat is an intensive, three-day series of workshops and team building activities held off-campus that are a further expansion of on-campus FLI programming and workshops. The retreat covers topics such as overcoming past trauma, personal branding, motivation and tips for a successful career, guidance on balancing college life and preparation for the future, self-acceptance, advice on friendships and other intimate relationships, navigating life’s challenges, and more. Women are actively encouraged to address past hurts through creative drama and artistic activities, healing circles, team building exercises, and therapeutic practices. We also offer fun outdoor activities, such as volleyball games, swimming, kayaking and challenging high ropes courses.
What We Need Help With
The 2019 retreat will be the largest yet with more than 150 students in attendance, not only UT Austin, but from Huston-Tillotson University as well. The cost is $300 per student to attend which includes transportation to and from the retreat, lodging & bedding, six meals & snacks, intense workshops with guest speakers, high ropes courses & ziplining, a retreat t-shirt and more. The students are only required to pay a $50 registration fee. The remainder of the cost is covered through DDCE and largely through community fundraising. Please help us meet the cost of the largest retreat yet! Thank you!