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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.

Spring 2018

Fostering an Inclusive Community training with Regina Smith and Jaime Duggan

Tuesday, Jan 9th 9am-12pm Sycamore 8140

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.

Community Gathering: Film -The Promised Land in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. & comrades

Wednesday, Jan 17th 12-1:30pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Join us for free PIZZA, while we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his comrades in the struggle for civil and human rights with a screening of The Promised Land from the Eyes on the Prize series.  Hear leaders and activists reflect on Martin Luther King Jr. and his crusade to overcome the fragmenting Civil Rights Movement. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) organize a multiracial Poor People's March to Washington D.C. A peaceful protest of striking Memphis sanitation workers ends in tragedy when an assassin's bullet takes King's life. A hundred cities explode in riots and the murder of Robert Kennedy shortly thereafter adds to the darkness.

Welcome Back Gathering: Art-making, Connection, Movement & Greek Food

Wednesday, January 24th 12-1:30pm Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

Celebrate our community with art-making, connection, and movement- speed dating style, followed by Greek food and chatting with representatives of different student groups on campus.  This event is a collaboration of the Office for Inclusive Community with the Student Union of Naropa (SUN)

Community Gathering: State of the University with President Chuck Lief

Wednesday, Jan 31st 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center (PAC)

All are welcome to hear President Chuck Lief speak about the state of our beloved Naropa University.  

Pedagogy of the Oppressed workshop with Ramon Parish & Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Wednesday, Jan 31st 6-8pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Facilitated by Ramon Parish and Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, this workshop will explore Paulo Freire's famous Pedagogy of the Oppressed, dedicated to the oppressed, based on Freire's own experience helping Brazilian adults learn to read and write.  Freire refers to traditional pedagogy as "the banking model of education"  

February

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

Friday, February 2nd 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!

JKS Allen Ginsberg Fellow Reading with Fred Moten

Monday, February 5th 7pm Nalanda Events Center

Join us in celebrating the life and work of poet and fello Naropian Allen Ginsberg. 

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.

Community Gathering: TBD

Wednesday, February 7th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center

Every wednesday from 12-1:30pm is designated as Community time for the Naropa Community. Most events happen in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the main Arapahoe Campus. Check back for more information as we near the date. 

 

Critical Consciousness Celebration & Read-In with Poetry, Food, and Raffles

Thursday, February 8th 6-8pm Allen Ginsberg Library

Please join us for food, fun, and fellowship as we celebrate community and critical consciousness raising.  




The Vagina Monologues 

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13th & 14th 

Our very own cast of Naropa students puts on this remarkable play every year. It's never the same show twice. This event is open to the entire community, so buy your tickets early, and by the way, students get a discount! 

Community Gathering: TBD

Wednesday, February 14th 12-1:30pm

Happy Valentine's Day! Although there is nothing scheduled at this time, please check back as we get closer to the date. Typically these events are held in PAC

Community Gathering: Shambhala Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 21st 11:30am-1:30pm Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Join us in celebrating the Shambhala heritage and lineage that Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche shared with us in the west. 

Film Screening: Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

Wednesday, February 21st 6-8pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights is a film...

Right Use of Power Training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan

Thursday, February 22nd 1-3pm 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.

Community Gathering: Lenz Distinguished Lecturer Lama Rod Owens- "When Happiness Hurts: Questioning the Pursuit of Happiness"

Wednesday, February 28th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center

Lama Rod Owens is this years Lenz Distinguished Lecturer...






March

POC & LGBTQ- Identity Tea with Lama Rod Owens for students, faculty & staff

Thursday, March 1st 2:30-4pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Please join the Office for Inclusive Community and Lama Rod Owens for this special event...






The Frederick P. Lenz Distinguished Lecture- "The Practice of Love and Rage as Tools for Liberation" with Lama Rod Owens opening with Rverend Angel Kyodo Williams

Thursday, March 1st 7pm Nalanda Events Center

 This exciting event...

Community Gathering

Wednesday, March 7th 12-1:30pm 

This Community gathering is yet to be announced. Please check back closer to the date for further details.

Gender Diversity Training with Jess Dallman

Monday, March 12th 3-5pm Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

This workshop...


Jess Dallman...


Community Gathering: "The Body & Opression" panel with Carla Sherrell, Jeanine Canty, Christine Caldwell, Lucy Bennett Leighton and others

Wednesday, March 14th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center



"Newspaper Theatre"- Theatre of the Oppressed workshop with Teresa Veramendi

Thursday, March 15th 6-8pm Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

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.

 


JKS Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics with Cecilia Vicuna 

Monday, March 19th 7:00pm, Nalanda Events Center


JKS Spring Symposium

Tuesday, March 20th 11:15am & 7:00pm, Nalanda Events Center


Community Gathering: Space Awareness- A Naropa Heritage Practice

Wednesday, March 21st 12-1:30pm Nalanda Events Center


Liberation through Wisdom & Love: Humanistic Psychology, Social Justice, & Contemplative Practice Conference

March 23-25 https://www.shpconference.com/

During this conference...

 

April

Community Gathering: Trungpa's Paranirvana Celebration

Wednesday, April 4th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center

Our annual Paranirvana Celebration...


Holistic Life Foundation public talk

Thursday, April 5th 7-9pm Nalanda Events Center

Clothesline Project Opening Ceremony & Poetry Reading

Monday, April 9th 12-1pm Arapahoe Green

Bringing in the Bystander: Establishing a Community of Responsibility sexual violence prevention with Blue Bench
Tuesday, April 10th 3:30-5:30pm location TBA

  

Community Gathering: The Story of the Fusion Fire- Mobilizing for Nuclear Guardianship with the Joanna Macy Center

Wednesday, April 11th 12-1:30pm Nalanda Events Center

Nuclear Guardianship... 

 


Bayard & John Cobb Peace Lecture with Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni

Wednesday, April 18th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center

At this gathering...

 

Being the Change I: The Cycle of Liberation training with Regina Smith and Jaime Duggan

Thursday, April 19th 12-2pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Community Gathering: Naropa College Student Presentations
Wednesday, April 25th 12-1:30 Performing Arts Center

Being the Change II: Interrupting Oppression training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan
Thursday, April 26th 12-2pm Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Community Gathering: Contemplative Martial Arts Practices
Wednesday, May 2nd 12-1:30pm location TBD

Community Gathering: Capstone Projects
Wednesday, May 9th 12-1:30pm Performing Arts Center