In spring 2022, Mind & Life will launch a pilot mentoring program to support and grow the pool of Global Majority investigators in contemplative research, particularly those who attend the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI) and those who may seek funding from our grants. This program is based on Inclusive Contemplative Leadership and Mentorship, defined as mentorship which draws from the lineages and experiences of both the mentor and mentee. This type of mentorship broadens the scope and understanding of contemplative practice to contribute to ever-expanding diversity, equity and inclusiveness. An interdisciplinary working group led by Kamilah Majied, who served on the 2020 SRI Program Planning Committee, developed the program over the past year. After a pilot phase in 2022, Mind & Life plans to expand the program in 2023. For more information, email

Leadership and Mentorship Program Working Group

Inger Burnett-Zeigler, PhD

Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Doris F. Chang, PhD

New York University

Convening Faculty, Grantee

Grant Jones

The Black Lotus Collective; Harvard University


Yoona Kang, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Convening Faculty, Grantee

Kamilah Majied, PhD

California State University, Monterey Bay

Convening Faculty

Dominique A. Malebranche, Ph.D.

Lesley University

PPC Member

Vaishali Mamgain, PhD

University of Southern Maine

Kedrick Perry, PhD

Loyola University

Juan Santoyo

Universidad de Antioquia; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Grantee, PPC Member