Living and Learning Communities at Naropa University are centered on a common theme or academic component, and are housed at Naropa's two residence halls. Staff in these communities commit to implementing programs that foster a spirit of compassion, mindfulness, growth, and reflection. Participants gain a competitive edge through community engagement, enabling them to make a positive impact on their college experience.
A Living and Learning Community is:
Communities are led by a team including your residence hall supervisor, faculty or chairs from your department or college, staff from other offices on campus, and Resident Assistants. These teams host guest speakers; organize workshops and dialogues around contemplative practices, contemporary issues and diversity topics; initiate health and wellness events; create and plan social and educational programming and create leadership opportunities. Some communities offer key first year courses in addition to these experiences.
Undergraduate students, who have been accepted for the 2017–2018 academic year at Naropa, now have the opportunity to apply for one of four piloted Naropa Living and Learning Communities, aimed at gathering students and faculty together at residence halls to co-learn and co-create. The four Naropa Living and Learning Communities being piloted this academic year are:
Students wishing to join a specific Living and Learning Community may do so after submitting the main Naropa Housing Application.