March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Thursday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Mediating Inequities in Community-Based Learning Through Contemplative Practices

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Mindfulness practices can expand how academic knowledge is constructed and valued. Influenced by an Ethnic Studies/Gender Studies/ Queer Studies framing of community engagement, this session explores community-based learning as multi-layered contested terrain rather than a neutral intellectual project. We will discuss the impact of using contemplative practices as a means to foster an asset-based, intersectional, and social ecological approach to community-based learning. Representing different types of institutions (e.g. community college, private university, public university, and liberal arts), presenters will discuss contemplative methodology, reflect on its impact and will facilitate some of the methodology. We will offer mindfulness tools that can be used by faculty, students, and community partners to build capacity and resources. This includes collective grounding, relational mindfulness and embodied dialogical pedagogies.


Christine Gottlieb

Assistant Professor, California State University, East Bay
Christine Gottlieb is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at California State University, East Bay. She specializes in Shakespeare, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, disability studies, health humanities, and community-based learning. She completed her Ph.D... Read More →

Henny Kim-Ortel

Professor of English, Ventura College

Ali Mossaver-Rahmani

Faculty, University of La Verne
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Kathleen S. Yep

Associate Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges
Cultural politics, feminist/antiracist pedagogies, and critical public health.

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm PST