KGNU Interview: Naropa’s Alternative Break Program

For the past several years, Naropa professor Deborah Young has organized journeys to the US/Mexico border through Naropa’s Alternative Break Program, providing students the opportunity to learn first-hand about issues surrounding immigration.

This year’s trip traveled to Tucson, Arizona and worked in the Tohono O’odham community. Several students who attended, Maycee Carroll, Charla Harvey, and Stephanie Zuniga, recently sat down with KGNU to discuss their experience.

More on Naropa’s Alternative Breaks:

The mission of Naropa’s Alternative Breaks is to cultivate contemplative activists through experiential learning. Alternative break trips integrate education, direct service, and reflection while immersing students in real-world, social justice issues that aim to create lasting change for the community and transform our students into engaged global citizens. As of the 2014-2015 academic year, Naropa now offers the opportunity to blend trips with academic credit through the COR undergraduate curriculum. 


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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.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.