Mindfulness and Transformative Education: Contemplative Teaching and Learning for Social Justice

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Rhonda Magee discusses mindfulness and transformative education, in how to bridge contemplative teaching for learning social justice. She shares how great social justice is possible when people have the tools of transformative and contemplate education, as methods to look within, challenge assumptions, examine the way people participate and shape the world and in having the reflexive space and creating community, to create change. When looking at challenges, contemplate education provides the modality to facilitate the transformation of self, community, and broader world. She explains how mindfulness can be a tool to support the growing transformation process by blending traditional meditation practices, with contemplative exercises and modern day social justice approaches.

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Rhonda V. Magee is professor of law at the University of San Francisco, a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and a student of Buddhism. She is a facilitator of mindful and compassionate communication. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Her teaching and writing is inspired by commitments to compassionate problem-solving and presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and to humanizing education. She sees mindfulness and compassion practices as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation, and is a nationally recognized thought and practice leader in the emerging fields of contemplative legal education and teaching mindfulness and compassion in higher education.

Dr. Magee is the author of numerous articles on mindfulness in legal education, including Educating Lawyers to Meditate? and The Way of ColorInsight: Understanding Race and Law Effectively Using Mindfulness-Based ColorInsight Practices.


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