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Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to its mission of contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational institutions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate degree programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies.

Naropa University is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and education environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct, and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures can be found at Inquiries regarding this policy may be directed to Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, Title IX Coordinator, 303-245-4843.

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President // Charles G. Lief

Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs // Janet Cramer

Vice President of Operations // Tyler Kelsch

Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs // Cheryl Barbour

Marketing Co-Directors // Danielle Poitras and Michel Reeves

Executive Editor // Danielle M. Poitras

Senior Graphic Designer // Courtney Kraig

Writers // Lisa Birman, Cassandra Smith, Billy Thieme

Contributors // Vassar Byrd, Carole Clements, Judy Lief, Laura Rendón, Judith Simmer-Brown, Regina Smith, angel Kyodo williams

Photographers // Jim Barbour, Michael Blenderman, Carly Carpenter, David DeVine, Jack Greene, Sarah Hill, Marek Hosek, Jason Kaplan, Jamie Kraus, Claudia Lopez, Marc Piscotty  

Web Designer // Jen Spolnik

Board of Trustees // Mo Bankey, Susan Burggraf, John Cobb, Jerry Colonna, Judith Dack, Andrew Davison, Sherry Gobaleza, Thomas Hast, Christopher Hormel, Bill Hulley, Diane Israel, Carolyn Jacobs, Martin Janowitz, Lynne Katzmann, Charles Lief, Rose Marcario, Tyler Norris, Jim Rosen, Vijay Singh, Matt Stinchcomb, Jan Willis, Mark Wilding, Venerable Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche