Laura I. Rendón is professor emerita and co-director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also an education activist, speaker, writer, and consultant. Rendón focuses on deep learning experiences and contemplative education. She is the author of the book, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy): Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation, as well as numerous publications focusing on student success, especially for low-income, first-generation college students.
A key focus of Rendón’s work relates to employing contemplative practices in culturally diverse classrooms, while attending to contemporary social justice issues. She is a fellow of the Mind & Life Institute and former fellow of the Fetzer Institute. In 2013, the Texas Diversity Council awarded Rendón the title of being one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas.