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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, January 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, January 17th 12-1:30pm 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!

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

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

This event is open to the entire Naropa community students, staff, and faculty. Help us kick off the new semester, hosted by the Office for Inclusive Community and our Student Diversity Officer Sedonia Dunkley. Join us for art-making, connection, and movement activities followed by sharing some delicious food in community. 

Community Gathering: State of the University with President Chuck Lief

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

Semester update facilitated by Naropa Universities' president Chuck Lief  

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

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

Facilitated by Naropa faculty Ramon Parish and his wife Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, this workshop helps to increase cultural awareness and competency.

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.

 

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