Mindfulness for an Inclusive, Just and Sustainable World: Transforming Self and Systems

Hosted by, Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program, Edgewood College, Madison WI

Date: Friday, March 31 |  9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Regina Hall, Washburn Heritage Room | Edgewood College, Monroe Street Campus


Summit Description: Awareness and compassion for self and others, resilience, deep listening, and authentic connections are all fundamental to creating an inclusive, just, and sustainable world. Mindfulness practices can help cultivate and express these qualities at the personal, interpersonal, and systems levels. This summit provides tools, frameworks, and practices that can help us cultivate these qualities and contribute to the urgent need to transform our divided communities (the divide between self and our highest potential, the divide between self and others, and the divide between self and nature). How can we create systems that heal these divides and move us toward the creation of an inclusive, just, and sustainable world? Presenters, facilitators, and participants will work together to explore this question through experiential activities, practices, and dialogue.

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Keynote Presenter

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee is a thought leader, innovator, practitioner, and activist with over 20 years of experience in racial equity, transformative change and decolonizing efforts , the arts, and healing.  She independently consults locally in Portland, Oregon, as well as nationally and internationally.  Sonali also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Haas Institute of UC Berkeley focusing on the intersection of Belonging, Spirituality, Decolonizing, and Community Wellbeing, and has recently left 13 years of leading social justice, racial equity, and healing efforts in local government and national governmental movement-building.

Coordinators:  Lisa Baker, Ph.D., Community Faculty, Licensed Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher, and Consultant; Nola Walker, CEO/Founder of Eco-Cultural Connections; Annette Miller, Emerging Markets and Community Development Director, Madison Gas and Electric; Carmen Alonso, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Mindfulness and Martial Arts Instructor; Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist, EdD, Director of Edgewood College’s Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program
Cost: $125 (materials, lunch and snacks included)  Should you be unable to attend, course refunds (less a $25 administration fee) will be given up to 1 week prior to the start of the course. After that date, refunds will not be available, but the fee can be applied toward a future SISL professional development course.
Optional Graduate Credit: this course is eligible for 1 graduate credit at an additional cost of $175. This option will be explained in class for those interested in taking the course for credit.