An internationally-sought-after mindfulness teacher and keynote speaker, and a thought and practice innovator of mindfulness-based social justice principles, concepts and practices, Rhonda V. Magee, M.A., J.D., is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco.

Rhonda has spent more than 20 years integrating mindfulness into higher education, leadership, and everyday social engagement. Her work explores the intersections of anti-racist education, social justice, and contemplative practices, and offering trauma-sensitive practices to support healing, resilience, personal wellbeing, and flourishing together. Grounded in the science of mindfulness, wellbeing, and resilience, she integrates storytelling, movement, journaling, and other research-based experiential practices for strengthening our inner resources for navigating a world of constant change.

In recognition of her uniquely innovative impact on the field of mindfulness and wellbeing in law, Rhonda was the inaugural recipient of the Reed Smith Excellence in Wellbeing in Law Award (2022), awarded after an independent, national selection process by the Institute for Wellbeing in Law. A Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she is an international keynote speaker and mindfulness teacher trainer with a particular emphasis on integrating mindfulness into everyday life in the face of the most vexing challenges of our times. She is a student of a range of Buddhist traditions and mindfulness masters, and is a lay teacher in the Peacemaker Order led by Upaya Zen Center founder Roshi Joan Halifax. She has served as an advisor to a range of leading mindfulness-based professional development organizations, including the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, the Brown Mindfulness Center, the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. 

Rhonda Magee was named one of Mindful Magazine’s Inaugural Twelve Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement in 2019. Rhonda’s award-winning book, The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness (Penguin RandomHouse TarcherPerigee: 2019; paperback edition 2021), was named one of the top ten books released for the year by the Greater Good Science Center, and received similar recognition by Psychology Today and the editors of To learn more visit

Rhonda Magee served on the Mind & Life Steering Council from Spring 2016 to Spring 2018.

This profile was last updated on September 1, 2022

Mind & Life Connections



Wisdom from Women in Contemplative Research

Brynn Pedrick • March 10, 2022

Topics: Social Change


2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research Session

Master Lectures: Social Justice Panel: “From Awareness to Embodied Change: A Conversation Toward Contemplative Justice”

Moderators: Dominique A. Malebranche
Panel: Helen Weng, Oliver Hill, Rhonda Magee, Dominique A. Malebranche

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Self & Other | Social Change



Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Mind & Life

Mind and Life Institute • October 25, 2017

Topics: Interconnection | Social Change

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Interdisciplinary Panel Human Relations: From Implicit Biases to Compassion for Strangers

Moderators: Rhonda Magee
Panel: Jim Coan, Hanne De Jaegher, Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, Rhonda Magee

Topics: Interconnection | Mental Health

2017 Summer Research Institute Session

Plenary Workshop What Roles Do Inclusivity and Social Justice Play in Contemplative Science?

Peter Grossenbacher, Rhonda Magee

Topics: Social Change


Mind & Life Videos

ISCS 2016 – Keynote – Rhonda Magee

Mind and Life Institute • November 12, 2016

Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Education | Mindfulness | Self & Other | Social Change


Mind & Life Videos

Mindfulness and Racial Bias: Straight Talk with Rhonda Magee JD

Mind and Life Institute • December 8, 2015

Topics: Mindfulness | Social Change


2014 International Symposium for Contemplative Studies Session

Pre-Conference Workshop – Teaching for Radical Transformation

Rhonda Magee, Maria Pacheco

Topics: Education | Mindfulness | Social Change