Mission Integration throughout the University: The Community Compass
In fall 2021, Naropa launched an updated purpose, mission, vision and values statement, our Community Compass. From this, MCIC leads with support and accountability to ensure Naropa faculty, staff, and students are working and learning in alignment with mission integration at all levels of the student experience.
Shape Organizational Culture through Employee Training & Engagement
Mission integration at every level means working to support the employee experience from day one. MCIC collaborates with Human Resources and other university partners to provide a mission integrated onboarding experience including Naropa’s History and Contemplative Heritage, JEDI training, practices, and dialogue.
Develop and Maintain an Inclusively Excellent and Engaged Co-curricular Student Experience
Inclusivity is the practice of building just and equitable communities. Inclusivity requires that we continuously awaken, and work to dismantle, the ideologies, patterns, systems and practices that perpetuate oppression while working to fuse forces of collective liberation.
Building a Community of Practice and Sacred Space
We honor cultural heritage and awareness in community and practice through our ‘Community of Practice’ with weekly gatherings and community meditation practice. MCIC is a proud producer and sponsor of several Naropa Signature events including Convocation, Welcome Week, Practice Day, Community Week, Naropa’s Lunar New Year Celebration, Earth Justice Day, and we curate sacred space on campus including our meditation halls, shrines, gardens, and the Center for Culture, Identity, and Social Justice.
Foster Collaboration and Shared Resources Across Multiple Centers
Mission Culture and Inclusive Community Offices and Centers include:
- Inclusive & Restorative Community
- Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)
- Community Repair and Support Team (CReST)
- Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE)
- Joanna Macy Center for Resilience and Regeneration (JMCR)
- Sustainability (Regeneration)
- Resilience (the life work of Joanna Macy’s “The Work That Reconnects”)
Mission Culture and Inclusive Community’s mission is to create beloved community through critical consciousness raising and cultural transformation. Our guiding principles are clarity, rootedness, magic, ease and service, and we engage in a myriad of practices in order to uphold our principles. As we believe that cultural transformation begins in our own work environment, we disrupt capitalist assembly line values by practicing connected and embodied collaboration.
The Division of Mission Culture and Inclusive Community (MCIC) is Naropa’s home for social justice work—celebrating diverse identities and creating a culture at Naropa that is radically inclusive. Rooted in the school’s motto to “transform yourself, transform the world,” MCIC supports students, staff, faculty, and the institution at large to grow their awareness of the dynamics of privilege, power and oppression, and to take social action. Recognizing the reality of our interconnectedness, we understand that none of us are free until we are all free, and we all play a role in social transformation. Thus, MCIC welcomes all people to engage in this work. Offering educational opportunities for personal development and social action, community building events, and support groups.
MCIC is dedicated to bringing contemplative practice into alignment with compassionate action, one person at a time.
Our offices are located in the heart of the Arapahoe campus, in the Chestnut House and in the Upaya Cottage North. We also curate and hold space at Arapahoe campus in the Center for Culture, Identity, and Social Justice at Cedar Cottage, as well as the Bike Shack, Tea House, Healing Garden, shrine spaces and mediation halls on both campuses. You are invited to stop by and say hello!