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Community Support Groups

Inclusive Community

Anti-Racist Whites & 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 and meets on the Paramita campus in Kshanti Wednesdays 1:30-2:50pm.  Contacts: Wendy at wallen@naropa.edu or Mike at mlythgoe@naropa.edu

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 on the Paramita campus in Jim Spearly Wednesdays 1:30-2:50pm.  Contact: Jun Akiyama at jakiyama@students.naropa.edu

Accessibility Advocacy & Support Group meets in the Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice 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. For more information, contact Moises Hinojosa at mhinojosa@naropa.edu 

International Community 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. Contact: Ugur Kocataskin at ukocataskin@naropa.edu

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.  This group meets in the Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice. Contact: Ethan Jackson at ejackson@naropa.edu

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.  This group meets in the Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice Mondays 12pm to 1pm. Contact: Faridah Andiaye at andiaye@students.naropa.edu

Spirit of the Warrior Veteran & Ally 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.  Contact: Jenna Jennings at jjennings@students.naropa.edu 

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, not currently being offered, 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, contact Jaime Duggan at jduggan@naropa.edu


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.