Diversity Program and Events Offerings

Please contact Jaime Duggan at jduggan@naropa.edu for the most up-to-date information about these events or to inquire about accesibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in any or all of these events.

Past events

Spring 2018


Fostering an Inclusive Community training with Regina Smith and Jaime Duggan

Tuesday, January 9th, 9am-12pm
Sycamore 8140

Fostering an Inclusive Community is an introductory interactive training which focuses on increasing our intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional awareness around the dynamics of privilege, bias and oppression.  We examine our own identities, and how they have been shaped by the Cycle of Socialization.  We also discuss the 4 I’s of oppression and make our often invisible privilege visible.  The training ends by articulating a commitment of a small concrete change we are willing to make to be more engaged in creating an inclusive community.  Naropa employees should pre-register on MyNaropa. FREE

Community Gathering: Film -The Promised Land in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. & comrades

Wednesday, January 17th, 12-1:30pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Join us for a screening of The Promised Land from the Eyes on the Prize series in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his comrades in the struggle for civil and human rights.  This episode focuses on the multi-racial Poor People's March to Washington D.C. and the sanitation workers strike in Memphis that led to the assassination of our beloved Dr. King.  FREE, PIZZA

Community Gathering: Welcome Back Gathering with Art-making, Connection, Movement & Greek Food

Wednesday, January 24th, 12-1:30pm
Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

Bring in the new semester and year with art-making, poetry, connection, and movement, followed by GREEK FOOD and the opportunity to meet with representatives from different student groups.  This event is being collaboratively hosted by the Student Union of Naropa and the Office for Inclusive Community and is especially for students.  FREE

Community Gathering: State of the University with President Chuck Lief

Wednesday, January 31st, 12-1:30pm
Performing Arts Center (PAC)

All members of the Naropa community are invited to hear President Chuck Lief speak about the state of this university we love so dearly. FREE

Pedagogy of the Oppressed workshop with Ramon Parish & Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

Wednesday, January 31st, 6-8pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Facilitated by Ramon Parish and Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, this workshop will first introduce the theory behind the Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, followed by Theatre of the Oppressed experientials.  Light snacks will be provided. FREE 



Understanding the Four I's of Oppression training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan

Friday, February 2nd, 9am-12pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

The Four I's of Oppression is an interactive training designed to develop awareness of how dynamics of power, privilege and oppression play out at ideological, institutional, interpersonal and internalized levels.  We explore intersections of racism, heteronormativity, classism and other systems of oppression through a real-life case study.  We practice tracking our intrapersonal processes and bearing witness to the suffering of oppression, as we cultivate an understanding of how each of us interacts on the four levels with privilege and oppression in our own lives.  This training provides necessary foundations for the work of collective liberation.  Previously completing our Fostering an Inclusive Community training is a prerequisite for this training. Naropa employees should pre-register on myNaropa.  Students are welcome to simply show up! FREE

JKS Allen Ginsberg Fellow Reading with Fred Moten

Monday, February 5th, 7-10pm
Nalanda Events Center

Fred Moten teaches and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, and poetics.  He is author of consent not to be a single being, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson's Tavern, and many, many more.  Moten is a Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, holds an A.B. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley. This event is FREE. 

Community Gathering: Islamic Center of Boulder

Wednesday, February 7th, 12-1:30pm
Performing Arts Center

Iman Shoaib and Abdulah Pasha will be giving a talk on Islam for the Naropa Community.  FREE

Critical Consciousness Celebration & Read-In with Poetry, Food, and Raffles

Thursday, February 8th, 6-8pm
Allen Ginsberg Library

All are welcome to join us in celebratation of  critical consciousness-raising and African-American History in community with readings, cake, food, and raffles.  We are marking the opening of the new Critical Consciousness Collection of the Allen Ginsberg Library, formerly housed in the Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice, and oriented towards social transformation.  We'll be highlighting Black and other POC, LGBTQIA and otherwise marginalized voices. FREE  

Who are the Black Naropans?

Monday, February 12th

Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This student-led event is an opportunity for African American students, staff and faculty to gather for connection and potential future collaboration.  Snacks will be provided.  FREE

The Vagina Monologues 

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13, 14 & 15th, 7pm

The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is not just a theatrical performance.  It is an artistic uprising, a radical act, and an act of resistence.  It is a campaign of V-Day, a global organization that raises awareness, money, and empowerment for organizations that work to end sexual violence and violence against women.  Our cast, from Naropa University and the broader Boulder community, is comprised of 31 badass humans who are passionate about sharing with the public a wide range of vaginal experiences.

Community Gathering: Self-Love Day with the Student Union (SUN)

Wednesday, February 14th, 12-1:30pm

Performing Arts Center

An offering of topics in conversation around self-love, tools for self-encouragement, curated reading selections in the theme of self-love and the creation of a safe place to gather for self-appreciation.  FREE

Food & Justice 4 All: free community meal and conversation

Friday, February 16th, 6-8pm

Meet in Sycamore Pavilion, move to the Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This monthly gathering is hosted by Ramon Parish's Food Justice students and the Food Justice 4 All student group.  FREE


Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Towards Right Relationship with America's Native Peoples workshop

Tuesday, February 20th 9-11am 

Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

This interactive workshop traces the historical and current impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th century justification for ongoing European subjugation of non-Christian people.  Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and in our institutions, and explore how we can being to take action toward "right relationship."  In the Doctrine of Discovery, we find the roots of injustice.  In the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we find the seeds of change. How can we nurture these seeds to bring forth the fruits of right relationship among all people? FREE

Community Gathering: Shambhala Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 21st, 11:30-1:30

Performing Arts Center

Join us in celebrating the Shambhala heritage and lineage that Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche has shared with us. FREE

Film Screening: Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

Wednesday, February 21st, 6-8pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Through the personal stories of several former black Civil Rights female activists, this film by Nevline Nnaji unearths the lesser-known story of black women's political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power Movement and the predominately white and middle-class Feminist movement during the 1960's and 70's, as well as the resulting mobilization of black and other women of color into a united Feminist movement. The film will be followed by conversation and food.  FREE

Right Use of Power Training with Regina Smith 

Thursday, February 22nd, 1-3pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This training provides an opportunity to explore the teachings of Cedar Barstow's Right Use of Power, a dynamic framing of power which promotes relationships, actions and attitudes that prevent and heal harm, and promotes conflict resolution and empowerment for the common good.  This work enables us to view power as simply energy that can be used to affect either positive transformation or abuse and destruction.  We will explore how power operates in a multitude of dynamic situations and learn to engage others in conversations about power in a more holistic and accessible way.  This way of viewing power allows us to engage both our privilege and out marginalization from an intersectional perspective that shifts us away from an "us vs. them" approach. FREE

Voices of a Generation: Creating a Sustainabile Future Livestreamed

Sunday, February 24th, 11am-4pm

Sycamore 8120

Climate Change is impacting the most vulnerable first.  We Millenials are challenged, and we are creating pathways to sustainability.  Take this opportunity to become fully informed, and vote on the way forward.  Livestreamed from New York City.  FREE

Community Gathering: Lenz Distinguished Lecturer Lama Rod Owens- "When Happiness Hurts: Questioning the Pursuit of Happiness"

Wednesday, February 28th, 12-1:30pm
Performing Arts Center

Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist and authorized lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.  Lama Rod holds a Master of Divinity in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School, where he focused on the intersection of social change, identity, and spiritual practice and is a faculty member for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's professional education program in mindfulness for educators.  He is co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love & Liberation, and his current writing projects include patriarchy in spiritual communities, sexuality and ethics, and fatness and spirituality.  FREE for Naropa staff, faculty & students.




POC & LGBTQ- Identity Tea with Lama Rod Owens for students, faculty & staff

Thursday, March 1st, 2:30-4pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

Please join the Office for Inclusive Community and Lama Rod Owens for this gathering of Naropa students, staff and faculty who identify as people of color, mixed race, international, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer or otherwise marginalized.  We'll be serving an assortment of fine teas and pastries. FREE

The Frederick P. Lenz Distinguished Lecture- "The Practice of Love and Rage as Tools for Liberation" with Lama Rod Owens, Opening with Reverend angel Kyodo williams

Thursday, March 1st, 7pm
Nalanda Events Center

See Lama Rod Owens's bio above or at naropa.edu/faculty/rod-owens.php

Community Gathering: Indigenous Idenitities

Wednesday, March 7th, 12-1:30pm 

Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This student-initiated gathering will explore the topic of Indigenous identites, issues and boundaries, decolonizing romanticized ideas of native peoples and will provide the opportunity for Native American members of the Naropa community to connect and discuss their needs and desires. FREE

Gender Diversity Training with Jess Dallman

Monday, March 12th, 3-5pm
Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

This training offers a supportive environment for developing understandings of gender beyond the male/female binary.  It breaks down gender as a social construct, explaining the differences between gender and sex, and between one's identity & expression.  This training frames gender diversity a a human rights issue and includes practical tips for inclusive practices, including pronouns and language.  There are no prerequisites for this training.  Naropa employees are encouraged to register on myNaropa.  Students may simply show up!  FREE

Jess Dallman (any pronouns) is a graduate of Naropa's Transpersonal Counseling Psychology-Wilderness Therapy program.  Jess is a therapist in Boulder and Denver, specializing in trauma and equine therapy, and focusing on LGBTQIA+ and deaf/hard of hearing populations.  Jess aims, in all of their work, to promote healthy relationships accross differences by highlighting how being an ally is more of a practice than an identity.

Community Gathering: "The Body & Oppression" Panel with Carla Sherrell, Jeanine Canty, Christine Caldwell, Lucy Bennett Leighton and others

Wednesday, March 14th, 12-1:30pm
Performing Arts Center

This panel of contributors to, and editors of, Oppression & the Body: Roots Resistence & Resoltions will explore power, privilege and oppression and their relationship to marginalized bodies.  In a culture where bodies of people who are brown, black, female, transgender, disabled, fat or queer are often shamed, sexualized, ignored and oppressed.  What does it mean to live in a marginalized body?

Newspaper Theatre"- Theatre of the Oppressed workshop with Teresa Veramendi

Thursday, March 15th 6-8pm

Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall)

Join us in this embodied exploration of real and perceived class identity, using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. By sharing our stories and stepping into another person’s shoes, we can begin bridging the gaps of understanding in our communities. Class deeply informs the fabric of our society. Rehearse for the revolution in your words and actions. No experience necessary. All are welcome to participate and observe in the ways that best support their process.

A graduate of Naropa’s Contemporary Performance MFA program, Teresa Veramendi received her first Master's degree in Performance Studies from NYU while she performed and wrote theatre Off-Off- Broadway. Since co-founding Theatre of the Oppressed Chicago in 2012, Veramendi has facilitated over one hundred Theatre of the Oppressed workshops on diverse topics such as class, education, race, electoral politics, and career transitions, in various settings and cities around the country. Veramendi has established herself as a theatre maker, slam poet, teaching artist, community facilitator, and administrator in higher education.

Food & Justice 4 All: community meal and conversation

Friday, March 16th 6-8pm

Meet in Sycamore Pavilion, move to the Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This monthly gathering is hosted by Ramon Parish's Food Justice students and the Food Justice 4 All student group.  FREE

Queer Prom

Saturday, March 17th

Student Center (Lower level Wulsin Hall)

The funnest Naropa student event tradition with DJ, dancing, food, prizes & refreshments- sober and inclusive.  We love to subvert the gender binary, challenge heteronormative values in this celebration of community and self, with good vibes and support from the Student Union (SUN).

JKS Scalapino Lecturer in Innovative Poetics with Cecilia Vicuna

Monday, March 19th, 7:00pm
Nalanda Events Center

Cecilia Vicuna is a poet, artist, filmmaker and activist.  Her work addresses pressing concerns of the modern world, including ecological destruction, human rights, and cultural homogenization. Born in Santiago de Chile, she has been in exhile since the early 1970's.  Her mutidimensional works begin as a poem, an image that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance.  She calls this impermanent, particapatory work "lo precario": transformative acts that bridge the gap between art and life, the ancestral and the avante garde.    

JKS Spring Symposium

Tuesday, March 20th, 11:15am & 7:00pm
Student Center (lower level Wulsin Hall) & Nalanda Events Center


Community Gathering: Space Awareness- A Naropa Heritage Practice

Wednesday, March 21st, 12-1:30pm
Nalanda Events Center

This interactive community gathering will include a presentation, discussion and experiential exploration of space awareness-one of Naropa's heritage practices- and its role in contemplative education today.

Atomic Film Series: Dark Circle

Thursday, March 22nd, 7pm

Thalacker Conference Room, Wulsin Hall

Winner of the grand prize at the Sundance Film Festival and recipient of a national Emmy Award, "Dark Circle follows the trail of plutonium from the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons facility in Colorado to the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.  This series is hosted by the Joanna Macy Center & Sustainability Committee.  FREE

Liberation through Wisdom & Love: Humanistic Psychology, Social Justice, & Contemplative Practice Conference

March 23-25 




Community Gathering: Trungpa's Paranirvana Celebration

Wednesday, April 4th, 12-1:30pm
Performing Arts Center

Our annual Paranirvana Celebration...

Holistic Life Foundation public talk

Thursday, April 5th, 7-9pm
Nalanda Events Center

The Holisitic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities.  Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness and self-care, HLF demonstrates a deep commitment to learning, community and stewardship of the environment.  HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriuculum to improve community well-being.

POC Brunch with Holistic Life Foundation

Friday, April 6th, 10:30-11:30am 

Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This special brunch is for students, staff and faculty who identify as people of color, mixed race, Black, African-American, Asian-American, Latinx, Native-American, or mixed heritage. FREE

Clothesline Project Opening Ceremony & Poetry Reading

Monday, April 9th, 12-1pm
Arapahoe Green

The Clothesline Project is a way to build community and raise awareness about intimate partner violence that disproportionately affects women, including trans women, other transgender, gender non-conforming and gender-queer people.  This includes domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, murder, and other forms of intimate violence.  Naropa community members' stories will be displayed on the Clothesline installation on the Arapahoe Green for a full week.  The opening ceremony will include poetry readings and other spoken truths. FREE

Bringing in the Bystander: Establishing a Community of Responsibility sexual violence prevention with Blue Bench

Tuesday, April 10th, 3:30-5:30pm
Jim Spearly Lecture Hall, Paramita campus

Bringing in the Bystander is an evidence-based sexual violence prevention program.  The bystander model approaches all participants as neither potential perpetrators nor victims, but instead as people who would want to be part of the solution.  Participants are engaged to understand the role they play in preventing sexual assault by becoming an active bystander. FREE

Community Gathering: The Story of the Fusion Fire- Mobilizing for Nuclear Guardianship with the Joanna Macy Center

Wednesday, April 11th, 12-1:30pm
Nalanda Events Center

This event will showcase the pillars of Nuclear Guardianship as emphasized in Joanna Macy's vision for the Center.  The format will include special guest speakers who have direct involvement with Nuclear Guardianship in the front range area, storytelling, and interactive discussions that engage the topic of the pervasiveness and ongoing nuclear contamination that exists in our country, the planet in our own backyards.  In addition, the event will highlight what it means to be a nuclear guardian and how the community, both inside and outside of Naropa, can begin to mobilize towards actions, connect to resources, and spread the word. FREE

Bayard & John Cobb Peace Lecture with Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni

Wednesday, April 18th, 12-1:30pm
Performing Arts Center

Award-winning actor, producer and educator, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is currently touring the one-woman show she wrote and performs in: One Drop of Love.  One Drop travels near and far, in the past and present to explore history, family, race, class, justice and love.  DiGiovanni holds a BA in Spanish and Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, an MA in TESOL from Columbia University, and an MFA in Acting & Performance in TV, Film & Theatre from California State University- Los Angeles.  FREE

Being the Change I: The Cycle of Liberation training with Regina Smith and Jaime Duggan

Thursday, April 19th, 12-2pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

 Being the Change I guides us into the first phases of Bobbie Harro's "Cycle of Liberation" from waking up to reaching out.  Breakign from the cycles of socialization that perpetuate oppression, we begin to leverage our power and social locations toward collective liberation.  As we work to clear the smog of internalized superiority and inferiority, we will explore the unique roles each of us can play in the movement for a more just and equitable society.  FREE

Earth Justice Day 

Friday, April 20th

More information to come

Food & Justice 4 All: Community Meal & Conversation

Friday, April 20th, 6-8pm

Meet in Sycamore Pavilion, moves to Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

This monthly gathering is hosted by Ramon Parish's Food Justice students and the Food Justice 4 All student group.  FREE

Community Gathering: Naropa College Student Presentations

Wednesday, April 25th, 12-1:30
Performing Arts Center


Being the Change II: Interrupting Oppression training with Regina Smith & Jaime Duggan

Thursday, April 26th, 12-2pm
Center for Culture, Identity & Social Justice

In Being the Change II we will practice speaking out and naming injustice through role play, develop guidelines to support intergroup dialogue, and engage in micro-activism in real time.  Central to the workshop are the principles of loving kindness, joy, self-care and balance.  Our Fostering an Inclusive Community and Four I's of Oppression trainings are prerequisites for this workshop. FREE

Atomic Film Series: Dr. Strangelove

Thursday, April 26th, 7pm

Thalacker Conference Room, Wulsin Hall

 Stanley Kubrick's comedy classic about an "accidental" nuclear attack.  Created during a time when the paranoia of the Cold War was at its peak, the film seems suprisingly relevant today.  This series is hosted by the Joanna Macy Center & Sustainability Committee.  FREE



Community Gathering: Education as Sincerity: The Paths of Contemplative Martial Arts Practices with Jude Blitz, Tom Weiser, Nate Gilbert & Larry Welsh

Wednesday, May 2nd, 12-1:30pm
Arapahoe Green

Brief foundational talks will be given, integrated with teaching basic martial art movement awareness practices that embody delight and and arousal of wakened sincerity. These practices open the individual and community to a path of non-violence as taught through the teaching of Taijiquan and Taikido.  FREE

Capstone Project Offerings

May 9th & 10th

Performing Arts Center