In an era of sharp divisiveness in opinions, and norms that break down civil discourse, a more intentional approach to listening and communicating respectfully has been proposed using techniques from contemplative practices. In 2016-2017 the first PASSHE Mindfulness Conference was held where representatives from 12 State System Schools reported the work they have been doing at their university related to mindfulness programs. This work intersects with social justice in providing faculty, staff and students techniques to deeply listen, shift perspectives and respect others while engaging in difficult conversations.
Scott Yannick, WCU Student Volunteer
Dr. Kim Weiner, Psychologist and Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Coordinator for the Mindfulness Living Learning Community
Kim Weiner is Psychologist and Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work in the Student Counseling Center is focused on integrating mindfulness skills into student counseling. In her work as the Coordinator for the Mindfulness Living Learning Community, she is helping to bring faculty, students and staff together to find opportunities to bring mindfulness and contemplative practices to their lives, their learning and work.
Dr. Donald McCown, Associate Professor of Health, Co-Director, Center for Contemplative Studies, Program Director for Minor in Contemplative Studies at West Chester University
Donald McCown, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health, Co-Director of the Center for Contemplative Studies, and Program Director of the Minor in Contemplative Studies at West Chester University. He is the author of The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (2013), primary author of Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, and primary editor of Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook, and presents internationally on questions of the pedagogy and ethics of mindfulness.
Dr. Daniel J. Weinstein, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
His research, positioned at the intersection of educational technology and the psychology of creativity, focuses on how teachers may best use new technologies to help students prosper as learners and creators.