Fostering Belonging and Intercultural Engagement Through Contemplative Practices

Fostering Belonging and Intercultural Engagement Through Contemplative Practices

a webinar presented by Dr. Alexia Ferracuti
Senior Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, Northeastern University

Originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 26, 2020
3 pm – 4 pm ET / 12 pm – 1 pm PT
Free and open to all, with a $10 optional, suggested donation

How can the integration of contemplative practices benefit our efforts in implementing educational principles and pedagogies that engage diversity and cultivate inclusive learning environments? Drawing from examples of programming collaboratively designed to support university faculty, staff, and students in developing strategies for creating learning communities that foster belonging and mutual respect, we will address how contemplative practices can help educators and learners interrogate biases, facilitate intercultural engagement, and make intentional, informed decisions that pursue equity and inclusion. In addition to discussing guiding principles and specific methods for promoting inclusive environments through contemplative practices, webinar participants will experience a few of these practices firsthand and take time to consider how to implement them in their own contexts.

In this webinar, we will: 

  • Explore intersections between contemplative practices and intercultural approaches for creating inclusive learning environments
  • Identify ways in which contemplative practices can serve as means for developing and modeling educators’ self-awareness and capacity for valuing differences among learners and ways of learning
  • Examine the relationship between mindfulness and engaging in critical reflection and dialogue around issues of social identity, positionality, and culture.

About the Presenter

Dr. Alexia Ferracuti is Senior Associate Director at Northeastern University’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research, where she develops and facilitates programming and services for faculty, staff, and students that promote reflection, inquiry, and inclusive pedagogy. She is especially interested in the integration of contemplative practices as they pertain to work related to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in the context of intercultural pedagogies, arts-based practices, and embodied forms of learning. Before joining Northeastern University, Alexia served as Assistant Director at Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University, where she also earned her doctorate with distinction in Italian and Renaissance Studies with a research focus on comedy and performance. She has taught courses at Yale and Wesleyan in Italian, Theatre, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

About ACMHE Webinars

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) is an initiative of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. The ACMHE’s free webinars allow you to view a live presentation online; you can listen to the presenter over your computer speakers, headphones, or VOIP headset, or by dialing in to the audio with your phone. Questions and comments may be submitted to the presenters during the webinar.

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