This grant will train a cohort of undergraduate students to lead contemplative healing practices for peer-to-peer social justice student leadership development. The first phase of this program will introduce fellows to scheduled lectures/trainings on a variety of contemplative practices. These training will be facilitated by a certified Mindfulness Specialist and will be guest lectured by scholars and practitioners in the field of Contemplation and Restorative Justice. These lectures will be bolstered by regular mentoring provided by certified Mindfulness Teachers. The second phase of this program will develop and facilitate peer-to-peer mindfulness projects that support the student-leadership development activities of recognized student organizations on campus. These two phases will be evaluated for their efficacy in increasing the awareness of historically black college and university students of contemplative and mindfulness practices. This project will also contribute to the literature relating to the intersections of mindfulness, leadership development, restorative justice, and social justice.

Bernard Richardson

Howard University