"At Naropa's heart, the understanding of service is essential. It's what we talk about
as 'compassionate activity.' The key for us is how to engage, but bring with it the
wisdom borne of self-knowing and compassion." —Marty Janowitz, board member (and former
board chair) on the occasion of Naropa's Day of Service and Learning Read More.
During their second year, Environmental Leadership students conduct an Applied Leadership
Project that demonstrates their professional skills in helping an organization become
more sustainable. Students volunteer for myriad organizations, helping improve their
operations in a variety of ways. Projects have included an analysis of information
sharing at Bella Energy, translation for an indigenous tribal project in Thailand,
and creation of an educational film about watershed protection in South Carolina,
among many others. Read More.
In the Jack Kerouac School, students learn that writing can be a force for social
change. While they experiment with their own creative expressions, they also delve
deeply into literary studies. Additionally, the curriculum provides opportunities
for students to learn how to teach others and to address ecological issues in their
work. Adjunct Professor Jack Collom teaches Eco-Lit, as well as Project Outreach,
in which undergraduate and graduate students lead creative writing sessions in community
settings. Read More.
Naropa's Art Therapy program has partnered with Transitions Global, a nonprofit organization
that shelters victims of the sex trafficking trade and empowers them to reclaim their
lives. According to the UN, human trafficking is a global phenomenon affecting an
estimated 2.4 million people at any given time. Nearly 80 percent of the girls sheltered
with Transitions Global go on to successfully resume their lives, and are not re-trafficked
within their first year of independence. Read More.
Since 2008, Naropa University has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Royal University
of Bhutan (RUB), which serves as the country's ministry of education. Naropa faculty
members have designed a contemplative psychotherapy program and conducted training
in mindfulness awareness practices. In spring 2012, Associate Professor Deborah Young
will begin facilitating a study into what constitutes a Gross National Happiness (GNH)
classroom. Read More.
Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Distinguished Lecture in Buddhist Studies and American
Culture and Values Read More.
In May, the Peace Studies program took the first Naropa students enrolled in PAX445,
Border Studies: The Lower Rio Grande Border Witness Immersion, to the south Texas-Mexico
border to study the diverse issues and cultures of the lower Rio Grande Valley. Gloria
Nouel, PhD, assistant professor and assistant dean for program development and strategic
initiatives, designed the course to fulfill students' longing for a way of linking
their education at Naropa to the world's needs. Read More.