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Diversity Program and Events Offerings

Please contact Jaime Duggan at jduggan@naropa.edu for the most up-to-date information about these events or to inquire about accesibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in any or all of these events.

Fall 2017

Welcome (Back) Gathering with the Brothers of Brass!, food and beloved-community-building activities

Thursday, August 31st 6-8pm Arapahoe Green (Rain location: Performing Arts Center)

This celebratory gathering is for all members of the Naropa community, including new and returning students, staff and faculty and is hosted by the Office for Inclusive Community, in collaboration with Student Life.  We'll be kicking the event off with introductions and a connection activity, facilitated by Sarah RichardsGraba and Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, followed by live music with the Brothers of Brass and free food- Sancho's taco bar!

Understanding the Four I's of Oppression training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan

Friday, September 1st 9am-12pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

The Four I's of Oppression is an interactive training designed to develop awareness of how dynamics of power, privilege and oppression play out at ideological, institutional, interpersonal and internalized levels.  We explore intersections of racism, heteronormativity, classism and other systems of oppression through a real-life case study.  We practice tracking our intrapersonal processes and bearing witness to the suffering of oppression, as we cultivate an understanding of how each of us interacts on the four levels with privilege and oppression in our own lives.  This training provides necessary foundations for the work of collective liberation.  Previously completing our Fostering an Inclusive Community training is a prerequisite for this training. Naropa employees should pre-register on myNaropa.  Students are welcome to simply show up!

International Students Gathering

Sunday, September 3rd 5:30-7:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This is the first gathering of the new academic year for the International Students Group (ISG).  The ISG is a group that explores international students, staff, faculty and alumni experiences at Naropa and in the U.S.  Through examination of their developing international identities and sharing of day-to-day experiences while living abroad, participants focus on creating a thriving community.  The group is open to the entire community but centers on the student experience.

Dharma of Solidarity: Panel Conversation with local organizations

Wednesday, September 6th 6-8pm Performing Arts Center

This panel conversation will launch the Dharma of Solidarity series, introducing the organizations who will be offering workshops this Fall semester: Queer Nature, Creative Strategies for Change, American Friends Service Committee, and Black Lives Matter.  The conversation will explore such questions as what is the dharma that one relies upon to guide their social actions? The series will explore pathways for individual and collective action on critical local current affairs and seeks to create a sense of place for the Naropa student body and campus in the local social justice ecosystem.  

Bringing in the Bystander: Establishing a Community of Responsibility training with Blue Bench

Thursday, September 7th 10am-12:30pm Nalanda 9235

This sexual violence prevention program, in using a bystander model, approaches all community members as people who would want to be part of the solution.  This training/workshop will engage participants to understand the role they play in preventing sexual assault by becoming an active bystander.  Participants will learn to identify a continuum of inappropriate sexual behavior, analyze how culture and media messages play a role, develop empathy, understand their role in changing social norms, develop skills to safely intervene and more.

Fostering an Inclusive Community training with Regina Smith and Jaime Duggan

Monday, September 11th 12-3pm Sycamore 8120

Fostering an Inclusive Community is an introductory interactive training which focuses on increasing our intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional awareness around the dynamics of privilege, bias and oppression.  We examine our own identities, and how they have been shaped by the Cycle of Socialization.  We also discuss the 4 I’s of oppression and make our often invisible privilege visible.  The training ends by articulating a commitment of a small concrete change we are willing to make to be more engaged in creating an inclusive community.  Naropa employees should pre-register on MyNaropa.

Embodying Identity & Intersectionality/Theatre of the Oppressed workshop with Teresa Veramendi

Tuesday, September 12th 6:30-8:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Join us in an open space of dialogue and action aimed at exploring social identity through embodied practice. Using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, we will feel into how social identity affects our lives, and our community. Relating and resonating with one another’s perceptions, we can dig into our intersectional lives. By sharing the wisdom of our communal experience, we can rehearse our collective liberation. No experience necessary. All are welcome to participate and observe in the ways that best support their process.

A graduate of Naropa’s Contemporary Performance MFA program, Teresa Veramendi received her first Master's degree in Performance Studies from NYU while she performed and wrote theatre Off-Off- Broadway. Since co-founding Theatre of the Oppressed Chicago in 2012, Veramendi has facilitated over one hundred Theatre of the Oppressed workshops on diverse topics such as class, education, race, electoral politics, and career transitions, in various settings and cities around the country. Veramendi has established herself as a theatre maker, slam poet, teaching artist, community facilitator, and administrator in higher education.

Gender Diversity presentation with Jess Dallman

Wednesday, September 20th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center

This Gender Diversity 101 offers a supportive environment for developing understandings of gender beyond the male/female binary.  It breaks down gender as a social construct, explaining the differences between gender and sex, and between one's identity and expression.  This mini-training frames gender diversity as a human rights issue and includes practical tips for inclusive practices, including pronouns and language. 

Jessica Dallman (any pronouns) is a graduate of Naropa's Transpersonal Counseling Psychology-Wilderness Therapy program. Jess is a therapist in Boulder and Denver, specializing in trauma and equine therapy, and focusing on LGBTQIA+ and Deaf/Hard of Hearing populations. Jess aims, in all of their work, to promote healthy relationships across differences by highlighting how being an ally is more of a practice than an identity.

Food & Justice 4 All free meal and community conversation

Friday, September 22nd 5:30-7:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This free community meal and conversation will include an offering of insights from special guest Andrew Pasini's experience of volunteering at a Syrian refugee camp.  

Andrew Pasini grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico and came to the United States at 12 years old.  Most of his professional life has been with non-profit organizations and in the field of Human Resources and training.  He has been fortunate to have experienced living as a volunteer in Papua New Guinea and in Argentina.  He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity with a focus on Social Justice at Iliff School of Theology and enjoys life in Boulder with his partner.

Dharma of Solidarity workshop: Accompaniment, Accomplices & Allyship with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Tuesday, September 26th 6-8pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action.  AFSC is engaged in work on key issues including: ending discrimination, building peace, defending immigration rights, ending mass incarceration, and building economic justice.  AFSC envisions a world in which lasting peace with justice is achieved through active nonviolence and the transforming power of love.

13th From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment film screening

Thursday, September 28th 6-7:45pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Director Ava DuVernay takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. The name of the film 13th refers to the 13th amendment (XIII) of the US constitution that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime and here where the mythology of black criminality that led to the mass incarceration of African Americans began. This documentary is for anyone who wants to learn more about the history behind the Black Lives Matter movement, and understand how deeply racism is rooted in American politics and social history.

Gender Diversity full training with Jess Dallman

Friday, October 6th 12-3pm Sycamore 8150

This 3-hour Gender Diversity training offers a supportive environment for developing understandings of gender beyond the male/female binary.  They break down gender as a social construct, explaining the differences between gender and sex, and between one's identity and expression.  This training frames gender diversity as a human rights issue and includes practical tips for inclusive practices, including pronouns and language. There are no prerequisites for this training, and Naropa employees should pre-register on myNaropa

Jessica Dallman (any pronouns) is a graduate of Naropa's Transpersonal Counseling Psychology-Wilderness Therapy program. Jess is a therapist in Boulder and Denver, specializing in trauma and equine therapy, and focusing on LGBTQIA+ and Deaf/Hard of Hearing populations. Jess aims, in all of their work, to promote healthy relationships across differences by highlighting how being an ally is more of a practice than an identity.

Indigenous People’s Day: Rocks Karma Arrows film screening

Monday, October 9th 12-1:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Rocks Karma Arrows is a film of Motus Theater's multimedia contemporary theater piece looking at Boulder history through the lens of race and class. Historical figures, like the great Chief Niwot, come alive to tell the story of the early founding of Boulder and the final massacre at Sand Creek. Interviews with local historians and Buddhist monks are woven with historical photographs and film into the drama.

Indigenous Peoples Day is part of a national effort to recognize and honor the existence, culture and contributions of the original inhabitants of North America on the day that has for the past 82 years been observed as Columbus Day.

Intimate Partner Violence Through an Intersectional Lens workshop with Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)

Thursday, October 12th 10-11:30am Nalanda 9235

What is domestic violence? What are the dynamics of abuse? How are our perceptions about the issue shaped and then at times made rigid by the media and our personal experiences? In addition to basic definitions, this workshop explores the deeper underpinnings of intimate partner violence and our role as a community to address this epidemic.

Sophie Keeley is a trilingual psychotherapist (English, French, and Spanish) at SPAN and works with survivors of domestic violence. She also facilitates DV101 trainings and various domestic violence support groups in the community, including at the Boulder County Jail. She holds a Masters from Naropa University's Transpersonal Counseling Psychotherapy program. Her prior experience facilitating groups for youth and adults in Mexico, and a commitment to ending violence against adults, youth, and children, enables her to provide support to clients through a multicultural and social justice lens.  

Kate Josephson is a psychotherapist at SPAN and works with survivors of domestic violence. She also facilitates anti-oppression trainings for SPAN volunteers, staff, and community members.  She holds a Masters from Naropa Universty's Contemplative Counseling Psychotherapy program, and has been studying somatic trauma therapy for three years.  She has been mentoring under her supervisor, Tsunemi Rooney, where she continues to cultivate a social justice approach to therapy.  She is a 200 hour Kripalu yoga teacher, and teaches seniors yoga weekly.

Beloved Community Day~ Dharma of Solidarity workshop: Embodying Equity with Creative Strategies for Change (CSC)

Monday, October 16th 12-2pm Performing Arts Center

This interactive workshop will be an opportunity for participants to engage in dialogue and dynamic activites focused on understanding, identifying and interrupting implicit bias.  Through creative, embodied activities, we will connect systems of oppression and personal experiences and explore hands on tools for cultivating greater equity and understanding accross differences.

Creative Strategies for Change’s (CSC) mission is to mobilize arts and education for social justice. They define social justice as both a process and a goal.  Informed social change, with lasting effect requires substantial time and responsiveness. CSC programs work for change on a variety of levels. They believe that institutional, interpersonal, and internal change all require large-scale ideological change, or cultural change for true lasting impact. This is one way the arts come into play. CSC works with communities, schools, organizations, and institutions, and their approach is community-based.

Mecca Madyun, MFA is a facilitating artist and Administrative/Development Coordinator with CSC.  Dancer, teacher, performer, artist consultant and choreographer for well over 15 years, Mecca received her MFA in dance and somatics (Body-Mind Centering certificate) from the University of Colorado Boulder where she is currently an Adjunct Professor.  She is currently choreographing a commissioned work for the Dance and Theatre Department at CU Boulder and has performed and/or collaborated with Onye Ozuzu, Jeffrey Page, Chuck Davis, Rennie Harris, Gesel Mason, Teena Marie Custer, and the Entertainment Industry's Span Rock, MIA, India Irie, and Navash Daya of Fertile Ground.  Her performance career has taken her to Germany, Switzerland, France, Guinea, Senegal and all over the United States.  Mecca's teaching pedagogy is steeped in old and new world African (American) philosophy, somatic awareness/mind-body connection and experiential learning, as well as music and rhythmic exploration.

Tessa Wood is a mother, teacher, student, artist and community activist located in Denver, Colorado.  She received her BA in Peace Studies with minors in Women and Gender Studies and Performance from Naropa University, and is currently attaining her MA in Socia Justice and Ethics from Iliff School of Theology.  Tessa is passionate about justice and interrogating the systems and conditioning that create and sustain inequity.  Tessa has been a volunteer, substitute and contracted support person throughout CSC's existence (2012), but has officially joined the team as office support and as an intern for Restorative Practice facilititation in May 2017

Puerto Rico: In the Wake of Maria & Colonialism Dialogue, Orientation & Support for Disaster Relief

Thursday, October 19th 6-8pm Performing Arts Center

With the current humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, resulting from hurricane Maria combined with the island's precolonial pretext, this event is a space where orientation, information, videos and, above all, dialogue will take place in an effort to spark curiosity about his polemic and typically ignored part of the US nation, which now needs us all more than ever.  Funds raised through voluntary donations will be directly helping Puerto Ricans, as well as Mexicans, through the Fondo de Resiliencia (Resilience Fund) if the Americas for Conservation + the Arts.  You are also invited to bring a donation from the following list of needed supplies for PR: anti-viral water filters, water purification tablets, healthy non-perishable food and baby food, mosquito nets, global wifi hubs, non-GMO sprouting seeds, hammocks, or first aid kits.

John Fritz Rullan- Puerto Rican undergoing MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University
Auraluz Guzman- Puerto Rican undergoing MA in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University
Alex Standen- Doctoral student in Environmental History & Politics at Colorado University
Gabriel Santiago- Puerto Rican undergoing MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University


Food & Justice 4 All free meal and community conversation
Wit

Friday, October 27th 5:30-7:30 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

 

Right Use of Power introductory training with Regina Smith

Tuesday, October 31st 2:00-4:00 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This training provides an opportunity to explore the teachings of Cedar Barstow's Right Use of Power, a dynamic framing of power which promotes relationships, actions and attitudes that prevent and heal harm, and promotes conflict resolution and empowerment for the common good.  This work enables us to view power as simply energy that can be used to affect either positive transformation or abuse and destruction.  We will explore how power operates in a multitude of dynamic situations and learn to engage others in conversations about power in a more holistic and accessible way.  This way of viewing power allows us to engage both our privilege and out marginalization from an intersectional perspective that shifts us away from an "us vs. them" approach.

Dharma of Solidarity workshop: #BlackLivesMatter5280 and Naropa with Black Lives Matter (BLM)

Wednesday, November 1st 6:00-8:00 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This workshop will include and identify goals of BLM 5280 and Naropa allyship, ways to plan and facilitate effective support of POC students and educators, and strategies for creating black liberation throughout Colorado.  Work will be done to make sure the audience knows how to align themselves with BLM's guiding principles as we work towards an inclusive, active liberation.

Michael Diaz-Rivera is no stranger to the struggle, born and raised on the south side of Colorado Springs.  He moved to Denver when he attended Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he studied Psychology with a minor in art and a focus on youth considered "at-risk." Passionate about youth, he originally pursued mentoring before landing in education.  His favorite form of activism is through his 5th grade classroom, but spends his free time as an organizer with Black Lives Matter 5280.  As a Colorado native he has seen the many transformations and is working to make sure that our communities of color aren't fogotten!  A convicted felon for marijuana possession in Colorado, "Today's lynching is a felony charge.  Today's lynching is incarceration.  Today's lynch mobs are professionals. They have a badge; they have a law degree.  A felony is a modern way of saying, 'I'm going to hang you up and burn you.' Once you get that F, you're on fire" (-Michelle Alexander) is a quote that has become his daily mantra.

Working with residents and organizations in Denver, Black Lives Matter 5280 builds more loving and united Black communities while eliminating anti-Black violence and racism.  To expose, address, and eradicate structural oppression in Denver, BLM5280 uses a holistic racial justice approach that strengthens health and wellness, community building, educational programming, economic sustainability, and direct action strategizing.  This approach to racial equity is fortified by a commitment to economic justice- one that counters the ongoing effects of slavery and the continuous exploitation of Black labor, while challenging white supremacy.  Our chapter is part of a national movement, aligned in Black love, power, and liberation, embodying the declaration that Black Lives Matter- regardless of gender identity, profession, ability, economic status, and religous beliefs or disbelief.  Also keeping with the national movement, BLM5280 centers and celebrates the lives and leadership of Black women and girls.  We firmly believe that communal visions of liberation are the way forward into a beloved society that affirms gender equality, racial equity, and social justice.  Our work is to cultivate communities of abundant joy where all Black people are emboldened and empowered to lead, love, heal, and thrive.


Veterans' Day Dialogue w/ Guests from the U.S. Airforce Academy

Tuesday, November 7th 12-1:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice



Feeling Into Class Bias/Theatre of the Oppressed workshop with Teresa Veramen

Tuesday, November 7th 6:30-8:30 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Join us in this embodied exploration of real and perceived class identity, using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. By sharing our stories and stepping into another person’s shoes, we can begin bridging the gaps of understanding in our communities. Class deeply informs the fabric of our society. Rehearse for the revolution in your words and actions. No experience necessary. All are welcome to participate and observe in the ways that best support their process.

A graduate of Naropa’s Contemporary Performance MFA program, Teresa Veramendi received her first Master's degree in Performance Studies from NYU while she performed and wrote theatre Off-Off- Broadway. Since co-founding Theatre of the Oppressed Chicago in 2012, Veramendi has facilitated over one hundred Theatre of the Oppressed workshops on diverse topics such as class, education, race, electoral politics, and career transitions, in various settings and cities around the country. Veramendi has established herself as a theatre maker, slam poet, teaching artist, community facilitator, and administrator in higher education.

 

International Education Week!

My Story in Facts & Picture: Human Rights Activism in Moscow with Sofia Drobinskaya

Monday, November 13th 12-1:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice


Bhangra Dance Party & Lesson with Chandra Moore & friends

Tuesday, November 14th 5-7pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice


Tables presenting Art, Interesting Facts & FOOD from Barbados, Bhutan, India & Japan & Awareness Raising about the Crisis in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, November 15th 11am-2pm Pamela Krasney (Sycamore) Pavilion


International Consciousness: Who else is at Naropa?
workshop with Nomali Perera

Wednesday, November 15th 12:00-1:30 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

At this Community Gathering we will explore the topics of diversity and inclusion as they relate to those who came to the US (and Naropa) from across shores and borders from various lands.  Working towards a healthy integration of international and US-born community members, we’ll practice non-judgment and getting to know each other more authentically in a loving and welcoming embrace of healthy curiosity. 

Nomali works in the Office of Admissions, but her first time in Naropa was in 2003 when she came from Sri Lanka for a BA in Contemplative Psychology and Religious Studies. After that, she received a MA in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and Leadership and Executive Coaching Certification from Integral Coaching Canada. Nomali’s work experience includes co-directing, teaching and facilitating learning events at the Integral Institute, and international leadership training and people development consulting in Brazil and Mexico. Nomali has an ongoing passion on all-things related to human development and animal welfare.

Breaking Down Barriers for Women through International Work

Thursday, November 16th 12:30-2pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Rosario will talk about her experiences in the work she has done with women in a Chilean jail, providing psychotherapy for women with AIDS in Mozambique, and with LAWRS, a  London-based feminist organization that provides services to women from Latin American countries who have been victims of human trafficking, racism, sexual violence and domestic violence.


Tables Presenting Art, Interesting Facts & FOOD from Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Mexico, Nicaragua & Vietnam
Friday, November 17th4-6p.m. Lower Level Wulsin Hall

Salsa & Bachata Dancing with Moises Hinojosa and Edward Galan

Friday, November 17th 5:30-9pm Student Center (Lower Level Wulsin Hall)

  

Dharma of Solidarity Workshop: Land, Gender & Resilience with Queer Nature

Monday, November 20th12-2 p.m. Meet at Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

The natural world is a profound training ground for awareness and intuition and an ever-evolving source of wisdom about he realities of survival.  In this workshop we will offer you some basic body-based practices that can help foster deeper relationship with the non-human world, but that can be brought into the human world as ways of protecting ourselves and being more situationally aware.  In essence, much of these practices involve slowing down and listening, not just to ourselves and our inner world, but to the the ecological systems around us.  Listening to what the birds are alerting us to and listening to our intuition in a vital (and possibly dangerous) moment are parts of the same continuum of activity.  As LGBTQIA people, we are often, as with other marginalized identities, forced to constantly track emotional and social dynamics in order to protect ourselves.  This actually makes us well positioned to apply these sensitivities to a project of kinship with the natural world and other-than-human beings.  It also is an asset to a study of how to survive and stand one's ground in a world that is often hostile to black and indigenous POC, trans, queer folk, and others.  In such a project we hope to uplift both the silenced voices of the earth in a time of ecological emergency, and uplift our own wisdom that has been honed by our own experience of survival. Allies are welcome, as everyone can benefit from the invitation to more deeply listen!

Queer Nature envisions and implements ecological literacy and wilderness self-reliance skills as vital and often overlooked parts of the healing and wholing of populations who have been marginalized and even represented as 'unnatural.' Their curriculums necessarily go beyond recreation in nature to deep and creative engagement with the natural world to build inter-species alliances and an enduring sense of belonging.

Pınar is a neurodivergent QTPOC from Huanca, Turkish and Chinese ancestries. Growing up not feeling particularly drawn to urban queer culture, they found empowerment in their queerness with the more-than-human world. Canyon wrens, domestic cats, fall leaves, grey foxes, desert creeks, and cottonwoods have been some of their queer peers and mentors. This guided them toward their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology through studies at Prescott College, Wilderness Awareness School, School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute and Naropa University. Their undergraduate work was in applied ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial and queer lens. Pınar’s passions include wilderness/ancestral skills, rites of passage, trauma remediation (personal/ancestral/ecological), cultural/ecological roles of queers, decolonization, indigenous solidarity work, natural history, soul work, empowerment of marginalized voices, neurodivergence advocacy, radical mental health, wildlife tracking and the ecological intelligence of emotions.

Sophia ("So") is a queer Greek-American who grew up in the northern hardwood forests of central Vermont. So started consciously becoming nature's partner-in-crime when they worked as a seasonal shepherd throughout college and sheep began to teach them new things about belonging, awareness, and community. Hoping to one day be as cool as sheep are, So went on to do immersive studies in wilderness survival skills and naturalism at Roots School and Wilderness Awareness School, and also completed an MA that focused on relationships between religion and ecology in the Eastern Mediterranean, some of their ancestral lands. Much of So's work is animated by a keen study of how human spirituality is interwoven with geography and can be further informed by intimate knowledge of place through naturalist study. When So married Pinar almost three years ago, their stewardship of both the queer soul and the non-human world began to flow together more visibly, and from this confluence Queer Nature was born. Current areas of geekery are tracking, scout-craft, marksmanship, remote medicine, and so-called nature writing. So has had their writing published in Written River and The Wayfarer.


Loving Action Now! 4 Puerto Rico

Thursday, November 30th 6-8pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

At this gathering, facilitated by John Rullan and Auraluz Guzman, we will be taking solidarity actions in real time to support the people of Puerto Rico.  Building upon the previous event's information-sharing and dialogue, about this humanitarian crisis resulting from hurricane Maria, as well as the colonial relationship with the U.S., we'll be following up with concrete actions.  Please join us in this environment of support in applying compassion to a social issue.

 

Change II: Interrupting Oppression training with Regina Smith and Jaime Duggan
Wednesday, December 6th 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

In Being the Change II we will practice speaking out and naming injustice through role play, develop guidelines to support intergroup dialogue, and engage in micro-activism in real time.  Central to the workshop are the principles of loving kindness, joy, self-care and balance.  Our Fostering an Inclusive Community and Four I’s of Oppression trainings are prerequisites for this workshop.


Past Events

April

Being the Change Workshop First Friday with Jaime Duggan

Friday, April 7th // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Ecological Consciousness & Climate Justice Presentation with Dr. Asoka Bandarage

Monday, April 10th // 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lincoln 4130

Clothesline Project: Fighting Violence Against Women & the Trans Community Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, April 12th // 12:00-1:20 p.m.
Arapahoe Green          

The Mask You Live in Film & Dialogue on Masculinity

Thursday, April 13th // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.  Pressured by media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.  These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.  Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.  The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Food & Justice 4 All Free Community Meal & Conversation

Friday, April 21st // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Yoga, Reflection, and Honest Conversation Workshop with June Lucarotti

Wednesday, April 26th // 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This Vola Sessions workshop weaves together creative and contemplative practices with a focus on self-care, self-awareness, & team-building.  We will address the challenging and joyful aspects of diversity in our world and our school environment through breath practice, singing bowl & essential oils, writing & sharing exercises, and restorative yoga. The session may include life-affirming poetry by Nikki Giovanni, June Jordan, Rumi, Mary Oliver, Allen Ginsberg, Lucille Clifton, or Ruth Forman and exercises to invent creation myths and promote the self-preservation of our powerful bodies. “Volar” means “of the feet and hands” and “to fly.” Come prepared to fly!

June Lucarotti MFA, CYT-200 has facilitated writing and meditation workshops for over 10 years individually and at CU’s Wesley Foundation, Glide Foundation, UC Berkeley, Community College of San Francisco, Oakland Unified High Schools, Naropa University, Suitcase Clinic, the Women’s Day-Time Drop-In Center, Originateve, Soul Tree Yoga, Love Shovel, JCCSF, Costa Rica’s Aventuras Naturales, and the Boulder Valley School District. June has a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with experience working in mental health. She has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Buddhist-inspired Naropa University and is a certified yoga instructor (200 hours) from Soul Tree Yoga studio. Sessions may be facilitated in Spanish or English.

First Friday Community Gathering

Friday, May 5th // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

March

Connecting Histories & Common Experience Until We Are All Free Racial Justice ART & STORY Workshop with Sarah RichardsGraba

Thursday, March 2nd // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Community Dialogue: Queering the Restrooms First Friday with the Community Restroom Project

Friday, March 3rd // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Laura Rendón Residency- Author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Education for Wholeness, Social Justice & Liberation

March 6-18

*Contact Charlotte Rotterdam at crotterdam@naropa.edu for more information

How Does Racism Work & How Can We Address It? Until We Are All Free Racial Justice ART & STORY Workshop with Sarah RichardsGraba

Thursday, March 9th // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Fostering an Inclusive Community Training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan

Wednesday, March 15th // 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m
Student Center (lower level Wulsin)

Fostering an Inclusive Community is an introductory interactive training which focuses on how increasing our intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional awareness around the dynamics of privilege, bias, and oppression.  We examine our own identities, and how they have been shaped by the cycle of socialization. We also discuss the 4 I's of oppression, and make our often invisible privilege visible.  The training ends by articulating a commitment of a small concrete change we are willing to make to be more engaged in creating an inclusive community.

Love & Dignity Beyond Bars & Borders: Banner & Sign-Making Until We Are All Free

Racial Justice ART & STORY Workshop with Sarah RichardsGraba
Thursday, March 16th // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Sycamore 8120

Food & Justice 4 All Free Community Meal & Conversation

Friday, March 17th // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Feminist Thesis Research Panel

Tuesday, March 21st // 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Nalanda Events Center

Shadows of Gender Training with Beit Gorski

Thursday, March 23rd // 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Nalanda 9235

Shadows of Gender moves beyond cognitive understanding of gender diversity and dives deeply into our own experiences of internalized gender archetypal images that have shaped our identities since before we were born.  Centered on Jungian concepts of archetypes as a way of engaging content from the collective unconscious, this training supports the enhancement of what it means to BE a particular gender, as well as creating more spaciousness for diversity between and within different gender identities and gender experiences.  Mindfully employing a backdrop of gendered legacies of colonization, such as patriarchy and heteronormativity, we will use experiential learning, dialogue, guided meditation, and movement to explore what it might mean to de-colonize gender as individuals, as Naropans, and as world citizens. There are no prerequisites for this training.

February

From Funk to Hip Hop First Friday Interactive Presentation with Edward Galan

Friday, February 3rd // 12:00 -2:00 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

In this presentation, we will explore four central questions: What is Funk? How is it relevant to us today? Who are the key figures in Funk music?  And what is the connection between Funk and Hip-Hop? The format is part multimedia lecture, part discussion, and part get-down.  No get-down experience required.

Edward Gálan was born in Santo Domingo, DR. He also has roots in Boston, MA and more recently Oakland, CA. Edward is entering his second semester in the INTD program at Naropa. His areas of study are Peace studies, Psych of health and healing, and Music. Some of Edward's passions are dance, bass guitar, and social justice. He is the founder of the Latin Dance Club at Naropa.

Shadows of Gender Training with Beit Gorski

Monday, February 6th // 2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Student Center (lower level Wulsin)

Shadows of Gender moves beyond cognitive understanding of gender diversity and dives deeply into our own experiences of internalized gender archetypal images that have shaped our identities since before we were born.  Centered on Jungian concepts of archetypes as a way of engaging content from the collective unconscious, this training supports the enhancement of what it means to BE a particular gender, as well as creating more spaciousness for diversity between and within different gender identities and gender experiences.  Mindfully employing a backdrop of gendered legacies of colonization, such as patriarchy and heteronormativity, we will use experiential learning, dialogue, guided meditation, and movement to explore what it might mean to de-colonize gender as individuals, as Naropans, and as world citizens. There are no prerequisites for this training.

Boulder’s Black History Presentation & Walking Tour of the Historic “Little Rectangle” Neighborhood with Roz Katonah Silva

Wednesday, February 8th // 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social History

Come join us as we explore Boulder's Black History. We will learn the stories of early black settlers who called Boulder and the Flatirons their home. Dress warm and bring your walking shoes to take a short walking tour of the "Little Rectangle" neighborhood near Naropa's Arapahoe campus. 

Roz Katonah is a 2nd year graduate student in the Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy Program at Naropa University. They moved from beautiful Oakland, CA and now live in Boulder, Co with their lovely wife and sweet pup. Roz found that exploring Black History in Boulder has helped them connect with the land, increase their place attachment with Colorado and provide a sense of wellbeing. Roz is grateful to be an Outdoor Afro leader in the Boulder/Denver metro area where they connect other black folks with the nature tales and trails of Colorado. It's an honor for Roz to learn more about their ancestors' intrinsic connections with nature. 

The Vagina Monologues Performances

February 11th-15th
Performing Arts Center

Alice Walker- Beauty in Truth Film & Writing with Bhanu Kapil

Thursday, February 16th // 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Beauty in Truth tells Walker’s inspiring journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Fatonton, Georgia, to the present.  The film explores Walker’s relationship with her mother, poverty, participation in the Civil Rights Movement, which were the formative influences on her consciousness and became the inherent themes in her writing.  Living through the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th century America, Walker overcame adversity to achieve international recognition as one of the most influential and controversial writers of the 20th century.

Food & Justice 4 All Free Community Meal & Conversation

Friday, February 17th // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Four I’s of Oppression Training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan

Monday, February 20th // 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sycamore 8150

*Previously completing our Fostering an Inclusive Community training is a prerequisite for this training. 

The Four I’s of Oppression is an interactive training designed to develop awareness of how dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression play out at ideological, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized levels. We explore intersections of racism, heteronormativity, classism and other systems of oppression through a real-life case study. We practice tracking our intrapersonal processes and bearing witness to the suffering of oppression, as we cultivate an understanding of how each of us interacts on the four levels with privilege and oppression in our own lives. This training provides necessary foundations for the work of collective liberation.

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Towards Right Relationship with Native Peoples Workshop with Paula Palmer

Tuesday, February 21st // 2:00-4:50 p.m.
Student Center (lower level Wulsin)

The Toward Right Relationship project offers this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches. The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.” We provide a Resource Kit with suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action

What is Our Vision? Until We Are All Free Racial Justice ART & STORY Workshop with Sarah RichardsGraba

Thursday, February 23rd // 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

January

Welcome Back! Blueberry Pancake Brunch

Friday, January 20th // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Gender Diversity: Creating Safer Spaces for Difference Presentation with Beit Gorski

Wednesday, January 25th // 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center

Basic "101" exploration of gender mechanics: the difference between gender and sex, commonly used terms, and practical tips for creating safety. Beit Gorski is a registered unlicensed somatic psychotherapist with more than 10 years of experience working with individuals, families, and children impacted by violence.  Xe has been working in trans* and genderqueer communities for more than 8 years, providing transition support and gender diversity training for universities, clinics, hospitals, early childhood educators, and community organizations.  In addition to xyr community education and early childhood education research, xe works as a counselor in a multi-gender emergency shelter for adults and children escaping intimate partner violence or sex trafficking.  Beit is the proud alumnum of Red Rocks Community College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Naropa University.  

Beats on the Margins Performance Night & Issue Release Party

Friday, January 27th // 6:00-8:00 p.m. Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

December

My Story Transormed: Diversity Seminar Community Sharing

Thursday, December 1 // 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

First Friday: Food & Justice 4 All

Friday, December 2 // 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice
Join us in the cultural center for a completely FREE meal provided by the Food Justice class. We will have dessert and a social justice oriented conversation afterwards. Everyone is welcome to converse, eat and enjoy themselves. Bring your own containers and utensils!

Black & Pink Holiday Card-Making Party

Wednesday, December 7 //  2:00-4:00 p.m.
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice (Cultural Center)
Join us in card-making, coloring and writing to members of the LGBTQ community who are incarcerated. The idea is to make connections, send support, and learn about prison abolition. More info

November

Standing with Standing Rock: Letter-writing & Consciousness-raising Event

Tuesday, November 1 // 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice (cultural center) // 2130 Arapahoe Ave
located between the Counseling Center & Upaya South

This student-initiated active, justice-loving event will be guided by Daniel Jubelirer. Diversity Team member and writing instructor, Sarah RichardsGraba also be present to facilitate poem-writing for those who prefer to send poems, rather than letters.

First Friday Gathering: American Indian Heritage Month film Red Cry

Friday, November 4 // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Cultural Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

World Café: Indigenous Rights Dialogue

Thursday, November 10 // 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Student Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Transgender Day of Remembrance event

Thursday, November 17 //  5:00-8:00 p.m.
Student Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

 

October

First Friday Gathering: Community Dialogue “Being Mixed Race” with Jackie (Chavarri) Stone

Friday, October 7 // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Cultural Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue  

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Honor the Treaties Workshop

Monday, October 10 // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Cultural Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Community Practice Day with Sensei Ryūmon Hilda Baldoquín and Anraku Hondorp Sensei

Tuesday, October 11 
Nalanda campus // 6287 Arapahoe Avenue

Coming Out Photo Shoot with costumes

Wednesday, October 19 // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Cultural Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Truth Mandala community ritual: Diversity & Inclusion with Joanna Macy Center

Wednesday, October 26 // 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

 

September

Micro-aggressions community presentation with Dr. Nathaniel Granger

Wednesday, September 14 //  12:00 -1:20 p.m.
Performing Arts Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Film: White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America

Thursday, September 15 // 2:00 p.m. 
Student Center (lower level, Wulsin) // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Community Art for Peace & Solidarity with Sarah RichardsGraba

Wednesday, September 21 // 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Paramita café //  3285 30th Street

Fourth Friday: Latin@ Heritage Celebration

Friday, September 23 // 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Cultural Center // 2130 Arapahoe Avenue