Past Events

September 10th 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST

How to Fight Injustice Without Hating:  Connecting Mindfulness with Social Justice.

Valerie Brown was our speaker in our second talk in the Mindfulness and Anti-Racism series funded through a grant from the Center for Race and Ethnicity and with support from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine, with her talk How to Fight Injustice Without Hating:  Connecting Mindfulness with Social Justice.

Valerie transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, to human-scale, social equity focused work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy, compassionate, and authentic connections. She is an ordained Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition founded by Thich Nhat Hanh and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Valerie is an accredited leadership coach, international retreat leader, writer, and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership, and is a Co-Director of Georgetown’s Institute for transformational leadership. She holds the following degrees: Juris Doctorate, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts.

The recording from the talk along with the transcript and the accompanying slides can be found here.

Change ‘Gon Come: Black Love-Power and The Inner Work of Racial Justice

The inaugural talk of the CRE2-funded Mindfulness & Anti-Racism series with Professor Rhonda Magee took place on April 30th, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can find the recording, transcript, and slide deck here. Rhonda is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social justice. Magee’s book, “The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities Through Mindfulness” (September, 2019 by TarcherPerigee), was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of Her work has received numerous awards, including the Impact Award from the American Public Health Association’s section on Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices (2020), and the Garrison Institute’s Impact+Insight Award (2019).