Joanna Macy Fellows Program

Joanna Macy Residential Fellowship

Co-sponsored by the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation and the Ladybug Foundation

The Joanna Macy Center for Resilience and Regeneration (JMCR) at Naropa University, overseen by the Division of Mission Culture and Inclusive Community (MCIC), is currently seeking an activist-scholar-practitioner to support the JMCR mission and Naropa’s values by providing on-campus and off-campus experiences for students, staff, faculty, and the public.

The ideal candidate will be well-versed in Dr. Joanna Macy’s work and ideally trained in facilitating “The Work That Reconnects,” demonstrating a strong commitment to ecological justice. Expertise in areas such as systems thinking and design, liberation dharma, Buddhist studies, contemplative practice, Earth justice, permaculture design, contemplative education, food sovereignty, food justice, ancestral healing, social justice, water and land stewardship, community organizing, and sacred activism is highly valued.

The selected fellow will play a pivotal role as a strategic partner in envisioning, designing, and implementing programs for Naropa University and Front Range community partners to translate Dr. Joanna Macy’s work into actionable events.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with MCIC staff and the JMCR Faculty Committee through weekly meetings. May include creative projects, artifacts, interventions, community activities and actions.
  • Organizing Fall and Spring Community Practice Days based on Joanna Macy’s works. 
  • Assisting faculty and staff in integrating Joanna Macy’s work into curricular offerings. 
  • Developing impactful programs, courses, workshops, and dialogues to engage the community with Dr. Joanna Macy’s work.
  • Publishing findings from initiatives and research related to The Work That Reconnects.
  • Establishing external partnerships within the local community to expand Naropa University’s network.
  • Contributing to the planning of Naropa’s 50th Anniversary Joanna Macy Conference in 2025 as a featured presenter.

This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to deepen professional skills while actively contributing to building a more resilient world aligned with Dr. Joanna Macy’s vision of interconnectedness and ecological sustainability.

This 10-month fellowship program runs September 1, 2024–May 30, 2025, with an option to renew for a second year, September 1, 2025–May 29, 2026. 

$35,000 per year, paid out at $3,500 per month of the term, plus $3,500 for expenses related to travel, books and other materials, etc.  

Note:  The Joanna Macy Center’s Frederick P. Lenz Foundation and Ladybug Foundation Residential Fellowship is restricted to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. 

Nuclear Guardianship Fellow

Sponsored by the Ladybug Foundation

The Joanna Macy Center for Resilience and Regeneration (JMCR) at Naropa University, overseen by the Division of Mission Culture and Inclusive Community (MCIC), is currently seeking an activist-scholar-practitioner to support the JMCR mission and Naropa’s values by providing on-campus and off-campus experiences for students, staff, faculty, and the public.

Work related to this fellowship will responsively lead Joanna Macy-inspired practices and workshops with change makers, nuclear guardianship experts, and communities impacted by various nuclear activities advocating the future legacy of Nuclear Guardianship across the planet. The fellowship is awarded to a professional who has significant familiarity with Dr. Macy’s work and nuclear anti-proliferation. 
Program goals and activities may include but will not be limited to: 
  • Develop two annual Heart Tanks (at least one focused on Rocky Flats) and one Planning Retreat per year. 
  • Collaborations with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s Nuclear Nexus and Boulder County Climate Justice Hive to consult, facilitate, and partner on Nuclear Guardianship initiatives.  
  • Host events focused on (and manage public engagement with) films related Nuclear Guardianship. 

This 9-month fellowship program runs August 1, 2024–May 1, 2025, with an option to renew for a second year, August 1, 2025–May 1, 2026. 

$7,500 per year, paid out at $833 per month of the term, plus $1,000 for expenses related to travel, books and other materials.

Note: While our preference is to find someone who works residentially in Boulder, CO, there are aspects of the work that could be delivered remotely with a commitment to be present on campus and in the Boulder area at a minimum for both Heart Tanks, the Planning Retreat, and at least two Nuclear Nexus meetings. The Joanna Macy Center’s Nuclear Guardian Fellowship is restricted to citizens and permanent residents of the United States.   

Earth Guardian & Sustainability Fellow

Sponsored by the Ladybug Foundation

The Joanna Macy Center for Resilience and Regeneration (JMCR) at Naropa University, overseen by the Division of Mission Culture and Inclusive Community (MCIC), is currently seeking an activist scholar practitioner to support the JMCR mission and Naropa’s values.  
 
Work related to this fellowship will support the facilitation of on-campus and off-campus experiences to students, staff, faculty and the public to address the various issues and solutions related to sustainability, permaculture, and climate justice.  Naropa will also continue to explore sustainability solutions to real life challenges brought on by climate upheaval. Focus areas will include; sustainability and regenerative systems; permaculture design and systems thinking; energy reporting, audits, sustainability analysis; and climate justice, community activism and organizing. 
Program goals and activities may include but will not be limited to: 
  • Building on the  Naropa University Climate Action Plan to identify additional practical goals towards carbon neutrality. 
  • Enhancing the campus Zero Waste Programs through training. 
  • Supervising the campus sustainability monitoring program for ongoing sustainability assessment, including STARS and greenhouse gas inventory. 
  • Institutionalizing campus resource conservation methods, energy and water conservation, facility energy upgrades, sustainability-related maintenance, and landscape operations etc. 
  • Collecting data and information for Naropa’s Second Nature Climate Commitment. 
  • Developing pollinator habitats throughout Naropa grounds and into the Boulder County community. 
  • Supporting Earth Justice Day and Earth Justice Week events. 
  • Providing support for student projects regarding sustainability. 

This 10-month fellowship program runs August 12, 2024–May 30, 2025, with an option to renew for a second year, August 11, 2025–May 29, 2026. 

$18,000 per year, paid out at $1,800 per month of the term, plus a one-time payment of plus $1,000 for expenses related to travel, books and other materials.

Note: While our preference is to find someone who works residentially in Boulder, CO, there are aspects of the work that could be delivered remotely with a commitment to be present on campus or in the Boulder area at a minimum 5 weeks each fall and spring semester. The Joanna Macy Center’s Earth Guardian & Sustainability Fellowship is restricted to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. 

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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