Naropa University Announces Brenda Salgado as Spring 2016 Graduation Speaker

Nationally Recognized Community Leader to Share Lessons on Transformative Leadership, Social Justice, and Stories for Humanity

March 8, 2016 (Boulder, CO)—Naropa University today announced that Brenda Salgado M.S., Center Director of The East Bay Meditation Center, will serve as its commencement speaker on May 8, 2016. Ms. Salgado, a first generation Nicaraguan-American, will speak on the indigenous and cultural values that have led her to spiritual, social justice, and nonprofit work.

Recognized as the national leader in contemplative education, Naropa University will confer degrees on more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students. Naropa’s 2016 graduating class will receive BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and MDiv degrees in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies, among others. The full schedule of events will be available at

“Brenda’s leadership of The East Bay Meditation Center has resulted in a national model of Buddhist community based on values of diversity, inclusivity, community leadership, and social action,” said President Charles G. Lief. “At a time of profound societal and socioeconomic transformations, Brenda’s deep experience and expertise in community healing, social justice, and alliance building will provide an extraordinary message of creating a society filled with wholeness and beauty.”

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom traditions and traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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