In this dynamic presentation, Professor and Mindfulness teacher Rhonda Magee will explore how contemplative practices assist us in the work of personal, group and social transformation leading to a more just world. She share stories from her own life and work experiences, and she will review research indicating some of the ways we might bring contemplative practices to bear in a variety of contexts to support teaching, learning and engaging with others confronting social suffering at personal, interpersonal and systemic levels. Some practical and ethical considerations related to offering particular practices in a variety of contexts will be explored, with the aim of enhancing the inclusivity of research, inquiry and communities of practices across the field. She will guide a practice and facilitate discussion aimed at demonstrating the potential of contemplative awareness practices to support the work of social justice in a world beset with both challenges and opportunities.
- Learn about and reflect on research on the benefits of contemplative practices for decreasing bias, for regulating emotion and for facilitating difficult conversations.
- Explore practices that support being willing to see, and seeing, turning toward and engaging with identity-based suffering.
- Experience how contemplative practices may support their own efforts toward personal, interpersonal and/or systemic transformation, and their work with youth and others.
Rhonda V. Magee (M.A., J.D.) is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and is a student of awareness and compassion practices from a range of traditions. She is a facilitator of mindful and compassionate communication. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.
Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees awareness practices as keys to personal, interpersonal and collective transformation in the face of challenge and opportunity.
The author of numerous articles on mindfulness in legal education, including Educating Lawyers to Meditate? 79 UMKC L. Rev. 535 (2011), and The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively Using Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices, 8 Georgetown J. of Mod. Crit. Race Perspectives 251 (2016), Rhonda thought and practice leader in the emerging fields of contemplative legal and higher education.
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