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A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a day long mindfulness retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. This was a wonderful experience for a variety of reasons including the luxury of devoting a full day to building my mindfulness practice with wisdom and guided exercises (meditation, mindful lunch, […]

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The Book of Joy chronicled a week of conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Dharamsala, India to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. The two spiritual leaders discussed joy based on the similarities and differences in their spiritual traditions and lifetimes facing hardship, violent oppression, and genocide. Douglas Abrams participated […]

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Last week at the ACPA Annual Convention, I was invited by the Commission for Social Justice Educators (CSJE) to share some history of the Commission’s coming into being 11 years ago. I was also invited to share some thoughts on the future of social justice education in higher education. I worked with several other good folks […]

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  Earlier this week I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Kathy Obear‘s book …But I’m Not Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites. …But I’m Not Racist is a wonderful exploration of whiteness, white identity, white supremacy, and anti-racism work from Kathy Obear. Kathy shares her wisdom and insight from decades of experience facilitating workshops […]

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I’ve conducted 10 years of interviews on men’s identity development. I initially interviewed the participants when they were in college about what it meant to them to be a man, what influenced that, and how it changed over time. Five years later, I interviewed them again in their mid-20s. And just this summer, as they are in […]

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In the spirit of often mocked but often clickable end of the year listicles, here are the top posts from this blog in 2016. #1 Top Post 3 Lessons from Rising Strong by Brené Brown The most clicked and most read was this post summarizing my biggest take aways from a great book. I’m a […]

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Here is a brief recap of most of the books I “read” in 2016. I put “read” in quotes as I listen to most of these via Audible as I workout, commute, or travel. Perhaps you’ll add some of these to your reading list and make a suggestion or two that you think I should […]

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For the past two years, I’ve been exposed to images, video, and stories of brutal beatings and shootings of Black folks, especially men almost always perpetrated by White men and often justified, excused, or legitimized by the systems that claim to provide justice. I also have learned about violence against trans* women of color, Native American […]

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I’ve been learning from the conversations happening through On Being. The opportunity to learn from those doing spiritually grounded social justice work for a lifetime and the wisdom coming from that experience has been helpful in shaping and shifting my social justice work. I recommend many of the On Being podcasts especially these featuring: Thich Nhat Hanh, […]

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I recently had the opportunity to guest host an episode of Higher Ed Live on Emotional Intelligence in Leadership & Social Justice. Joining me as guests were Paige Haber-Curran, co-author of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership; Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, editor of The Neuroscience of Learning and Development; and Mamta Accapadi, Vice President for Student Affairs at Rollins […]

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