There has always been a deep commitment at Mind & Life toward understanding what an ethical life can and should mean in today’s world. By becoming more aware of our deep interdependence and the need for mutual care, a proper foundation for ethics is possible – one that allows us to better address the global challenges we face. Mind & Life’s Ethics and Education for Students and Teachers (EEST) initiative aims to address the limited attention in our educational systems for cultivating care and compassion – what we might call the forgotten heart of education. By developing our natural capacities for caring, we believe we can embed ethics deeply enough so that it animates all human interaction.

LOCATION: Rochester, Minnesota


Richard J. Davidson, PhD

William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder & Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founder and Chief Visionary for Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

Brooke D. Lavelle, PhD

Courage of Care Coalition

Convening Faculty, Grantee, Reviewer

Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD

Wellesley College

Arthur Zajonc, PhD

Mind & Life Institute