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Try This Back-to-School Line Dance

At Naropa, the arts university “dedicated to advancing contemplative education” in Boulder, Colorado, students in the Master of Divinity program are anywhere from 20-something to 60-something and represent a range of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. One thing they share, says John Weber, administrative director of the Religious Studies Department, is a willingness to take a deep look at themselves and their community. At Naropa, this process begins with a Privilege Line Dance — a co-creation of the Religious Studies Department and the diversity branch of Student Affairs — that quickly and dramatically illustrates the diversity of each new class and opens a conversation for students to talk deeply about who they are.To try the dance with your own class or group, have them form a line, shoulder to shoulder, and hold hands.Read aloud the following instructions:• Keep your eyes on your own feet.• As you hear a statement that applies to you, take a small step back.• If you are not sure, stand still.• Don’t let go of someone’s hand until you absolutely have to.Read aloud the following statements:I …

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