The January 2015 CMind Newsletter
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January '15 News: Now Hiring, Courageousness, Anti-Racism Resources & 2015 Events

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Dear Friends,


In case you've ever wondered if we actually read your responses to our event evaluation surveys--we sure do!

I recently sent out such a survey to the participants of the 2014 Contemplative Practice in Higher Education workshop (at the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY--save the date for the 2015 workshop). When asked how the workshop may have affected their fall semester, four respondents replied that it gave them courage, confidence, and/or a sense of permission: "The main contribution of the workshop was to give me the courage of implementing in the classroom what I had been doing on a personal level for a long time...." 

Caroline Barratt reported that she recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Essex. On the award application, she had described her growing interest in, and application of, contemplative pedagogy: "...[my application] was described as 'bold and compelling' by the assessors... I did not have the knowledge or the confidence to write that type of teaching philosophy prior to the workshop."

Responses like Caroline's (congratulations, by the way!), in turn, give me courage and confidence to deepen the work of CMind and the ACMHE, to do what I can to offer "bold and compelling" resources and inspiration to support the transformation of higher education.

I do believe that radical change is possible as long as we face the unknown and move forward together, supported by our commitment to accessible and meaningful higher education, our vision of a just and compassionate society, and our community--our caring for each other. Contemplative practices, in their many forms, empower this commitment and help us stay connected to our sources of meaning and inspiration.

I hope to cross paths with you this year, in person or online. Tune in to our free webinars and save the dates for our 2015 events, including the 7th annual Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education conference, which will be held October 8-11 at Howard University in Washington, DC. 

With wishes for a New Year of peace and courage,
Carrie
Carrie Bergman 
Program Coordinator,
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Carolyn Jacobs and Mirabai Bush

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemplative Higher Education


A webinar with Carolyn Jacobs and Mirabai Bush
February 11, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00pm EST
Free and open to the public
Learn More & Register

From our blog: 

Challenging Racism and Oppression in Academia

Colleges and universities offer incredible resources for learning and connecting with others from many backgrounds and life experiences. They are ideally situated to help us learn from our shared past while we move forward together. All voices must have an opportunity to be heard–especially those whose voices have been marginalized. Therefore, it is crucial that access to quality education be available to all who seek it.

We are witnessing the dawning of a broader awareness of what many of us have lived and known firsthand: that for far too long, systemic racism has been under-acknowledged. The origins and manifestations of injustice in our nation’s history, in our contemporary culture, and especially in our own individual actions, need to be examined and challenged.

We call for each of us to undertake this difficult process, as best we are able. To support our ability–as individuals, as communities, and as a society–to realize justice, we also call for all in higher education–students, faculty, staff members, and the larger campus community–to create environments which foster deep listening, speaking, and inquiry. Contemplative practices of all sorts offer powerful means of creating and sustaining these environments. Racism and intersecting forms of oppression and injustice manifest in academia as they do in our broader culture, and unless directly and honestly confronted, will endure.
 

Save the Date:

The view from Lama Foundation
July 26 - August 1, 2015
Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, NM
at the 2014 Summer Session
August 2 - 7, 2015
Smith College, Northampton, MA
the garden at Omega
September 18 - 20, 2015
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Founders Library, Howard University, DC
7th Annual ACMHE Conference
October 8 - 11, 2015
Howard University, Washington, DC
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The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, an initiative of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, is a multidisciplinary academic association connecting over 700 educators, administrators, staff, students, and researchers committed to the transformation of higher education through the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing.

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