The Division of Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community (MCIC)

Building a More Beautiful and Just Naropa

A confluence of events created a new landscape for higher education that provides Naropa an opportunity for redefining higher education and a demand that institutions of higher education provide more inclusive student services and are both innovative and streamlined in how we provide those services.  

Moreover, the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and its widespread impact, necessitates that we whole-heartedly engage with institutional transformation to become more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI).  

In response, Naropa University made some structural changes to evolve our university with a more integrated mission and the ways we impact the world.   

What MCIC Does

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.  

Naropa's mission, culture, Inclusive communityFoster 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”) 

MCIC's Mission & Values

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. 

MCIC's Purpose

Black Futures eventThe 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.

Where MCIC Is Located

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!

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Staff Spotlight


“Transformation, again, goes back to this idea of positive disintegration, really getting down to the essence of self... Really thinking about—not necessarily just what we want—but what the world needs. Being willing to struggle, in order to really get whatever it is we need to get in our bones, so that we show up in the world like a very different self. So we’re more willing to become vessels for change, and not just polishing our egos.”

Regina Smith

Vice President of Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community

Call & Response

When Naropa is called to action, we hear the call and show our action in response.  

Beloved Community

Call: To build a radically inclusive community in which each member feels vital and celebrated 

Response: Provide space and opportunities for self-love, intercultural comradery and celebration.  

Critical Consciousness-Raising 

Call: To continuously awaken to the oppressive ideologies which perpetuate inequitable patterns, systems and practices 

Response: Radically re-educate self and community with clarity of mind, connected to heart, and befriend our collective shadow.  

Cultural Transformation 

Call: To actively, consciously, and strategically heal the legacy of ongoing colonization in all of its forms 

Response: Live into collective liberation through deliberate and persistent acts of solidarity.