The Office for Inclusive Community’s mission is to create beloved community through critical consciousness-raising and cultural transformation.
The OIC is Naropa’s home for social justice work—celebrating diverse identities and creating a culture at Naropa that is radically inclusive. Rooted in the school’s mission to “transform yourself, transform the world,” OIC supports students, staff, faculty, and the institution at large to grow their awareness of the dynamics of privilege, power and oppression, and to take social action. Recognizing the reality of our interconnectedness, we understand that none of us are free until we are all free, and we all play a role in social transformation. Thus, OIC welcomes all people to engage in this work. Offering a number of educational opportunities, community building events, and support groups, the OIC is dedicated to bringing contemplative practice into alignment with compassionate action, one person at a time.
For more information about trainings and events, community groups, resources, and more check out the Naropa Events Calendar at https://my.naropa.edu/ICS/Student/Student_Life/Home.jnz?portlet=Calendar&screen=MainView&screenType=change
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice
Created in response to a student-led racial justice protest held in the spring of 2015, the center exists to cultivate beloved community and is rooted in self-love, intercultural comradery and social justice engagement. In an effort to create a warm, supportive and vibrant home for community members from marginalized locations and their allies, the center is designated for anti-oppression oriented activities and critical consciousness-raising. Any group wishing to use this space must use it for such purposes and may request the space by emailing the Inclusive Community Program Coordinator directly or through the 25Live! scheduling system. The center houses many events, groups, and offerings of the Office for Inclusive Community. Located between Upaya South and the Counseling Center, this space is open during all Naropa business hours and welcomes community members to hang out, do homework, and share in the center’s mission.
Regina Smith, Executive Director Of Missions Integration and Student Affairs
Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, Director of Community Standards & Student Conduct and Title IX
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Amanda Aguilera, Associate Director of Conflict Resolution And Inclusive Community Training & Outreach
Giovannina Jobson, Director of Contemplative Practices & Traditions
Michael Bauer, Director of Sustainability
Jeffrey Neering, Student Union of Naropa's Policy, Advocacy & Diversity Officer
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Resources for Resilient Living
Contact: Michael Bauer, Director of Sustainability
Community Support Groups:
Anti-Racist Whites & Allies (ARWA) is a group open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty facilitated by Deb Bopsie and Rye Karlin, which focuses on the development of awareness and skills necessary to have conversations across racial differences. Participants examine their own relationship to whiteness and the impact of white privilege in community. Even though the group focuses on whiteness, it is open to all. This group serves as an ally group to COCA and meets Wednesdays 1:30-2:50pm. Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Community of Color & Allies (COCA) is a group open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty facilitated by Carla Sherrell, which focuses on the development of skills necessary to have conversations across racial differences. Participants examine their own relationship to race and the impact of systemic racism in community. Participants are welcome whenever they can attend. COCA meets Wednesdays 1:30-2:50pm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
International Community & Allies is a group intended to create a safe space for international students to come together, have room for discussion, and share their unique experience of studying and living in a foreign country. The aim is to provide mutual support and encouragement but also to allow locals to connect with a culturally diverse group through discussions, events and potlucks. Furthermore, having an International Community at Naropa could also inspire new initiatives/projects that further promote diversity amongst staff and students. Contact: email@example.com
Queer Naropa! is a group open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni who are you interested in cultivating a strong queer community at Naropa. Queer Naropa provides an intersectional queer space for queer people to come together for support and educational purposes. The group is dedicated to having a queer-positive environment in which to discuss what is true for you and your identities/lived experiences and is facilitated by Stephan Taylor. firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of Color & Allies (SOCA) is a group that focuses on creating a supportive space of rest and renewal for students of color, hosted by rotating members of the community. The group is open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty but centers on the student experience. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans & Allies Group is a student-centered group made up of military veterans and allies. This is a space of connection and comradeship- your voice (Spirit) matters, and this group exists to celebrate that. The group is currently held by the Veteran Success Coordinator, Ethan AuGreen. Contact: email@example.com
*For additional groups that may offer support to students with various identities, please see the current listing of Student Groups at https://my.naropa.edu/ICS/Student/Student_Life/ or email the Coordinator of Student & Campus Life at firstname.lastname@example.org