Student Celebrating at Graduation

Spring 2016 Graduation 

President Charles G. Lief; Provost Janet Cramer, PhD; and the Naropa University faculty cordially invite graduating students, families, and friends to Naropa University’s Spring 2016 Graduation. Please join us as we celebrate the achievements of our students on this special day. 

We are honored to have Brenda Salgado, center director of the East Bay Meditation Center, as this year’s graduation speaker.  In her address, Brenda will share lessons on transformative leadership, social justice, and inspiring stories for humanity. 

Sunday, May 8, 1:00 p.m.
Macky Auditorium
285 University Avenue
Boulder, CO  80309
Parking at Macky
Tickets are required to attend - please contact Tashi Browder in Student Affairs (

Reception to follow at the Nalanda Event Center on the Nalanda Campus
6287 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
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Brenda SalgadoBrenda Salgado, MS, center director of the East Bay Meditation Center, will deliver the Commencement Address on May 8, 2016. Ms. Salgado, a first generation Nicaraguan-American, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brenda will speak on the indigenous and cultural values that have led her to spiritual, social justice, and nonprofit work. Under Brenda’s leadership, the East Bay Meditation Center has enhanced its reputation as a national model built upon the values of social action, multiculturalism, and diversity. 

Brenda holds degrees in Biology and Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University, and a graduate degree in Animal Behavior from University of California, Davis. She has received training in nonprofit management and leadership, community organizing, strategy and facilitation, as well as training from elders in Purepecha and Xochimilco traditional medicine. She is the founder of Nepantla Consulting and Moons Rising Women's Circle, coordinates a free monthly healing clinic for community. She currently serves on the boards of Movement Strategy Center and the Shambhala Sun Foundation.