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Community Support Groups

Inclusive Community

Anti-Racist White Allies (ARWA) is a group open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty facilitated by Wendy Allen and Mike Lythgoe, 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 any ally group to COCA.

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.

Disabilities Advocacy & Support Group (DAS) meets weekly in the cultural center to serve as an open, relaxed environment to connect, share experiences, promote awareness, and education for disability-related issues at Naropa University.  Even though the group focuses on disability-related issues, it is open to all.  DAS is facilitated by Kristin  Tully.

International Student Group (ISG) is a monthly group which explores the international student, staff, faculty and alumni experience at Naropa and in the US. Through examination of their developing international identities and sharing of their day-to-day experiences living abroad, participants focus on creating a thriving community. The group usually meets on a weekend and participants attend when they can. It is open to the entire Naropa community but centers on the student experience.

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. The group is dedicated to having a queer positive environment in which to discuss what is true for you and your identities/lived experiences. Participants are welcome whenever they can attend.

Students of Color & Allies (SOCA) is a group which focuses on creating a supportive space of rest and renewal for students of color, hosted by rotating members of the diversity team. The group is open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and faculty but centers on the student experience.

Student Veterans Group is a student-centered group for veterans at Naropa, guided by six elements of intention: Service, Sustainability, Scholastics, Support, Space, and Spirit.

Witnessing Whiteness is a structured group open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni and faculty that reads and studies Witnessing Whiteness: The Need ToTalk About Race & How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk. This group, facilitated by Jaime Duggan, requires a semester-long commitment and focuses on building the capacity to understand the significance of whiteness, its impact in our lives and communities, and beginning to develop anti-racist practices. Even though the group focuses on whiteness, it is open to all.


For more information about group locations and times, email inclusion@naropa.edu.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please email jduggan@naropa.edu to request accommodations needed to participate fully in any of these groups.