Announcing CMind’s New Board Leadership

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Michelle Chatman and Dr. Lenwood Hayman are the new President and Vice-President of the CMind Board of Directors.

Dr. Chatman and Dr. Hayman have served on the CMind Board since 2016 and 2018, respectively, and Dr. Chatman was previously Vice-President. We are excited to be working together in this new phase to carry out CMind’s mission of transforming higher education through contemplative practice.

Michelle Chatman

Michelle Chatman, PhD, Board President, is Associate Professor of Crime, Justice, and Security Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Michelle earned her doctorate in cultural anthropology from American University and teaches courses on urban inequality, youth development, and restorative and juvenile justice. A member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education since 2011, Michelle has been active in numerous CMind initiatives including the 2015 discussion on Race, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Contemplative Movement; 2015 Summer Session faculty; presented at several ACMHE annual conferences, the 2016 Building Communities discussion held at the Fetzer Institute; and has served on the 2015 & 2016 ACMHE Conference Planning Committee.

Michelle is a vibrant leader on her campus and directs the UDC Mindfulness & Contemplative Learning Initiative. Dr. Chatman is enthusiastic about spreading culturally relevant and critical contemplative approaches that foster belonging, justice, and liberated learning. Michelle shares her “Coltrane Meditation” and “Ancestor Vision Exercise” in workshops, faculty development sessions, and in her classes. In Fall 2020, she will co-facilitate a campus reading of Rhonda Magee’s The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities through Mindfulness (2019).

She is particularly interested in exploring contemplative practices for racial healing. To that end, she founded The Black Mindfulness Summit,  a  community for Black contemplative practitioners from the African Diaspora. A practitioner of the Yoruba/IFA faith for over 20 years, the teachings of this ancient tradition, along with influences from her Christian upbringing, serves as the basis of Michelle’s contemplative practices. Dr. Chatman has lectured on contemplative practices and social justice at numerous institutions in the U.S. Her TEDx talks, How Africa Changed My Life and Healing the Harm in Schools, along with other public lectures can be found on  YouTube. In addition to her teaching and research, Michelle’s life is fulfilled by her family, beaches, dancing, and karaoke.

Lenwood Hayman

Dr. Lenwood Hayman, Board Vice-President, is Associate Professor of Behavioral Health Sciences in the School of Community Health & Policy, Morgan State University. As a teacher, he works to inspire social-justice-minded scholars to ask questions on the health issues situated in the communities from which they come. His research focuses on addressing the social, psychological, structural, and environmental influences of well-being in marginalized populations. Specifically, Lenwood’s practical scholarship is motivated by his drive to better understand how contemplative practices enhance well-being and social cohesion amongst emerging Native American adults, African-American men and boys, and first-generation and non-traditional college students. Lenwood’s theoretical scholarship, however, is centered on the scientific study of agaptic love in efforts to operationalize and ultimately cultivate Beloved Community.