Rooted in embodied contemplative philosophies, Regina Smith relies on magical creativity, intellectual clarity, and mission-centered collaborative leadership to advocate for social transformation. With an MFA in Poetry, and an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy, her training allows her to bridge the mechanics of the mind with the intricacy of the heart.

Regina Smith

Vice President of Mission, Culture, and Inclusive Community at Naropa University

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JEDI Scholarships

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship Fund provides tuition scholarships with a preference to those underrepresented students who bring an element of diversity to the University through their race, color, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and/or socioeconomic background.

Naropa Scholarship Fund

Your donation to the Naropa Scholarship Fund allows our talented students in need of financial support to pursue their academic dreams and contributes to the nearly $7 million in scholarships Naropa awards each year.

Faculty Development

Donate to our JEDI Campus Engagement Fund to ensure continued education for our faculty and help guide our community towards a more inclusive, empathetic, and knowledgeable community.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides support for Naropa students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or unanticipated life event, as well as addresses food insecurity and other hardships that might otherwise cause the student to stop or pause their educational goals. No gift is too small. And every dollar makes a difference.

Stay in touch

If you have any questions regarding Naropa’s Beloved Online Community, please contact Christopher Rachal at

Upcoming Events

Naropa University Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

It is our pleasure to invite you to join faculty, staff, and students for our Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 11 AM MDT to join us in celebrating this year's spring graduates.

Naropa University Spring 2021 Capstone Festival

At the Festival, students deliver their thesis research, senior projects, culminating manuscripts, performances, and gallery presentations from all senior-level capstone courses. The presentation of capstone work takes place each semester in a community-wide festival hosted throughout the school day and into the evening.

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Student Union of Naropa (SUN)

SUN is and can be many things. We are definitely party planners and here to help make sure that the fun stuff happens. We are also a confidential and safe space to bring forward controversial but necessary conversations between students and other students or students and the administration.

Naropa Peer Mentoring Community

Welcome to the Naropa Peer Mentorship online community! This is a space for mentors, mentees, and program supporting staff to ask questions, share resources, engage in conversation, and build our community of practice.


What is Naropa's Beloved Online Community?

Naropa’s Beloved Online community is an online space built for Naropa’s students, alumnx, faculty, staff, donors, family and friends. In this space, we can connect with each other and share events, blog posts and job opportunities. We can also make donations, build groups and organize as a community to support our growing beloved community.

How do I invite someone to the community?

To send an email invitation to non-members to join our community click your name in the upper right-hand corner. Then, hover over the “Email Invites” menu item and click the “Send Invites” option. On the next page, you’ll be able to invite your friends. Alternatively, you can share a link to our registration page.

How do I connect with community members?

If you’re interested in joining a group please visit the “Groups” page in our header menu. Alternatively, if you’re hoping to connect with specific community members you can visit our “Members” page located in the top header menu. There, you’ll be able to find students, alumnx, faculty, and staff to connect with. If you don’t see members of your cohort or your favorite teacher in the community, please invite them!

Can I start a group?

Currently, we are accepting groups from SUN (student union of Naropa) and internal groups by faculty and staff. If you are an alumnx or member of the community interested in building a group please reach out and we can discuss your group idea further. For those ready to start a group please reach out to Christopher Rachal at

How do I share and promote content with Naropa's Beloved Community?

Whenever you share events, blog posts, or job opportunities, various departments are notified at Naropa such as the Office of Events, Marketing, and the Office of Career & Life Development. Additionally, you have the option to request promotional support when you submit content. By doing so, our Marketing department will be able to share your content with the appropriate audiences through newsletters, social media, our main website, and more.

How can I support Naropa?

Being here, in community, is a great first step to help us grow with each other. Additionally, here are 5 ways to support Naropa’s Beloved Community:

  1. Visiting our donation page and making a donation to a fund of your choice,
  2. Adding an optional donation to any upcoming events you are hosting
  3. Sharing content with our community
  4. Partnering with our Development Office for a fundraiser
  5. Linking to our donation page or a fund of your choice in your email signature