Commitment to Diversity at Naropa

Our commitment to diversity aligns with our highest aspirations to apply contemplative inquiry and education to explore and embody the human qualities that will facilitate collaboration by differences to create common humanity and a just society. 

Naropa University draws on the vital insights of the world’s wisdom traditions and is simultaneously Buddhist-inspired, ecumenical, and nonsectarian. A commitment to diversity flows from these overarching values and is carried forward throughout the institution, informing and enriching education. 

Our founding vision is to create a welcoming environment that promotes honest, respectful, and provocative intercultural dialogue and debate. Naropa believes that inequalities must be acknowledged at Naropa and in the larger world beyond the University. 

We believe that our community is enriched by a variety of life experiences that can enrich the whole. Through our admissions policies, hiring practices, teaching, and more, we strive to offer an environment that focuses on belonging with differences. These policies are given life through the active inclusion of persons representing a variety of groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, diversity of thought, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, and religion, among others. 

The Division of Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community (MCIC), whose offices are located on the Arapahoe Campus but whose services are held on both campuses and in the virtual space, strives to create beloved community through critical consciousness raising and cultural transformation. 


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