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Thursday, November 7 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference Retreat Day: Practicing Care of Self and Others in Higher Education

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"Practicing Care of Self and Others in Higher Education"

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Campus Center Room 163C, UMass Amherst

9am – 4pm (with a lunch break from noon to 1pm)
Regular Rate: $125 / Student Rate: $50

Register here: https://contemind.z2systems.com/np/clients/contemind/eventRegistration.jsp?event=90& 

In our current political, social, environmental, and economic climates, with experiences of miscommunication, misunderstanding, ideological differences, trauma, fear and rage, the practice of compassion becomes radical indeed.

Whether one is a teacher, administrator, student, or staff member of a college or university, the experience of working in support of students and employees can be a challenging experience. While the educational endeavor is a worthwhile calling, we can often sacrifice a great deal in service to that mission.

This pre-conference is an invitation to join a space with other contemplative practitioners to understand the limits and capacities of our practices to meet the challenges we face in our work as educators.
We are inviting participants to imagine and create a space in which we do the following:
  • reflect on current experiences in academic institutions as contemplative educators;
  • deepen contemplative practices as a means to address academic divides creating a caring, compassionate, empathetic community;
  • explore what care means to each of us according to the ways we experience it;
  • engage in practices that shape new pathways toward addressing issues of discomfort, rage, fear, trauma;
  • expand their knowledge of how contemplative practices provide access to creative, liberatory approaches to care.

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Stephanie Briggs

Assistant Professor, English, Community College of Baltimore County
Stephanie Briggs is an assistant professor, English, at the Community College of Baltimore County and owner/designer of Be.Still.Move., a program of contemplative, compassionate community building through embodied movement and arts-based learning. She has created racially sensitive... Read More →
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Regina Smith

Executive Director of Mission Integration and Student Affairs, Naropa University
Regina Smith holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University. Rooted in embodied contemplative philosophies, she is known for her magical creativity, intellectual clarity, and mission-centered... Read More →
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Kerr Mesner

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wells College
Kerr Mesner, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor: Women’s and Gender Studies, at Wells College, a queer theologian, a theatre performer and educator, and an activist. Kerr’s current areas of research and writing include anti-oppressive approaches to education, gender and sexual... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EST