Mindful U Podcast Episode 85. Regina Smith: Visions of a Thriving Mission, Culture, and Inclusive Community

The newest episode of our podcast, Mindful U, is out on Apple, Spotify, and Stitcher now! We are happy to announce this week’s episode features Regina Smith, a Master in Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology from Naropa who serves as the Vice President of the Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community division of our Naropa campus.

Regina Smith: Visions of a Thriving Mission, Culture, and Inclusive Community

 

Regina Smith has contemplated what a thriving mission, culture, and inclusivity-driven community could look like. Now, she and her team at Naropa are mirroring this in order to make it less of a dream and more reality. Tune into this episode to get a glimpse of her vision and find out how you can help, too. 

 

Within the Discussion:

Nikki Giovanni

Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day

Ubuntu

I Am Because We Are

 

Regina on what evidence of a thriving Mission, Culture & Inclusive Community could look like:

“I see a community that would be able to, you know, communicate needs and feelings and give each other feedback. And there would just be really healthy multi directional communication, which leads to strong relationships. I see a community where folks know how to work with conflict. And when they feel they’re in a place where the conflict is too sticky, that they know how to ask for help in working with conflict and conflict leads to a deepening of relationship and a clarifying values. I see a community where folks who are historically marginalized, and who aren’t typically centered, are centered. And so, a lot of our policies and practices and protocols, uplift and address the needs of those who have been historically oppressed, first and foremost. Because when we uplift those who are on the farthest margins of our community, I think we serve everyone.”

 

Novel Mentioned: Feminist Accountability

Buy it at the Boulder Bookstore

 

Big Quotes:

“One of the things I know is that I’m not the one who knows, I’ve decided to demote myself from being the one who knows. So, I can just tell you about my experience, I can’t tell you whether it’s the ultimate truth.”

 

“How do we become okay with not being special or important or central, but rather becoming what’s needed for the collective to thrive?”

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