Water and Stone: The Power of Mindfulness for Social Change
“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” ― Lao Tzu
Join friends from ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience for a non-traditional, two-day active conference featuring keynote presentations by Dr. Kamilah Majied, a mental health clinician, international consultant, practicing Buddhist and Professor of Clinical Social Work at Howard University and Rhonda V. Magee, a professor at the University of San Francisco and a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students and for minimizing social-identity-based bias.
One day: $239
Both days: $429
Location: AE England Building (by Civic Space Park) Downtown Phoenix
Note: the 2-day conference is meant to act as one cohesive whole, with one day flowing into the next. We invite you to attend both days, but have provided the option for one day.
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The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience and partners will be awarding select scholarships to undergraduate and graduate student (from any Arizona state college/university) who would like to attend our Second Annual Conference - Water and Stone: the Power of Mindfulness for Social Change from February 28th - March 1st. Scholarship winners will receive a payment waiver for attendance. Limited scholarships available! Scholarships will be awarded on first come, first served basis and by quality of essay.
By attending the conference you are consenting to have photographs taken of and around you. You may also be asked to participate in a research study.
Breakfast and Lunch provided by: Green: New American Vegetarian Restaurant
Snack provided by: Nom Bake Shop
Beverages provided by: Vessl Inc. - Tea of a Kind
Dr. Kamilah Majied has been a practicing Buddhist for over 35 years. She has practiced and taught Buddhism and mindfulness practice from several theological and practical perspectives including mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness based bias reduction, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, mindfulness and social justice, Buddhism and mental health, mindfulness practices as a path towards preserving the environment and contemplative practices in education.
Dr. Majied has studied, practiced and taught various contemplative traditions domestically and internationally. She has had the opportunity to learn from renowned teachers such as Daisaku Ikeda, Pema Chodron, Bhante Buddharikkita and Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work and is Co-Editor of a Special Issue on Peace, Reconciliation and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution.
Dr. Majied gave opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, where she also facilitated a dialogue on ending racism amongst the internationally represented Buddhist leadership. She is one of the original authors of the Buddhist People of Color Statement Calling for Racial Justice originally published in Lion’s Roar magazine. Dr. Majied serves as a facilitator for the North American Buddhist Alliance’s ongoing dialogues on Buddhism and social justice. Dr. Majied is a mental health clinician, an internationally engaged consultant on the use of contemplative practices and a tenured Professor of Clinical Social Work at Howard University.
Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Torts; Race, Law and Policy; and courses in Contemplative and Mindful Law and Law Practice. She is a trained and highly practiced facilitator, with an emphasis on mindful communication, trained through programs at the University of Massachusetts’s School of Medicine’s Oasis Teacher Training Institute, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Facilitator Training Program. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.
Dr. Teri Pipe is Arizona State University's Chief Well-Being Officer. Formerly Dr. Pipe served as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). She also is the founding director of ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Before coming to ASU in 2011, Dr. Pipe served as director of Nursing Research and Innovation at Mayo Clinic Arizona and was an associate professor of nursing at the Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine. In 2014 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.
Dr. Pipe is an expert on mindfulness which is a skill set to increase the ability to experience being fully present, focused and alive. Mindfulness has important implications for resilience within and beyond the healthcare and higher education sectors. Dr. Pipe is an expert on nursing leadership with a focus on interprofessionalism, bringing nurses together with physicians and other health professionals, business people, and policy makers, to help redesign and improve health in the U.S. Her research interests include: mindfulness, resilience in professional and clinical populations, health promotion and wellness, positive coping and stress management, oncology, and gerontology. She is a sought after speaker on the topics of mindfulness, workforce resilience and self-compassion.
Dr. Pipe earned her PhD in health policy and administration with a minor in gerontology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in gerontology from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.
Danna Pratte is an entrepreneur and wellness enthusiast and has worked in the wellness and natural industry for 20 years. She is CEO and owner of Nutritional Brands, a Phoenix based multinational company that provides high quality nutritionals and wellness solutions to its customers. Danna is an alumnus of Thunderbird, The International School of Management (now a part of ASU!), where she received her Master of International Management degree. Danna is a regular contributor to local and national media. The Phoenix Business Journal recognized her as a 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business, and she was recently recognized as a 2018 AZ Business Leader in Health and Wellness by AZ Big Media. She is a mother to three teenage boys, is a warrior for healthy living, loves to travel and is grateful for the opportunity to impact people’s life for the better.
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Dr. Nika Gueci is the inaugural Executive Director for University Engagement at the Arizona State University Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Under her direction, Center advances an environment of well-being through the promotion of skills such as mindfulness and compassion to support lifelong resilience. Creating a culture where wellness is of vital importance to the development of human potential is her daily call to action. Here, she develops curricula for mindfulness leadership workshops, retreats, and Selective classes for Mayo Clinic medical students. She was invited to develop, write and present curricula as the content expert and talent manager for a 5-part Health and Wellness: Mind and Body online series, an institutional-priority initiative for marketing and distribution across national markets. She initiated teacher training by the founders of Koru Mindfulness for Emerging Adults and guided series of cohorts through scaling efforts of subsequent courses taught at ASU and the surrounding Phoenix community.
In her previous role, Dr. Gueci served as Associate Director of the ASU Health Services Executive Team. Her duties included directing ASU’s first Collegiate Recovery Program, Recovery Rising, and scaling an innovative, outcomes-driven model to advance a university culture consistent with the ASU Charter, one that is inclusive of students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. She has served on multiple task forces and was invited to provide policy recommendations on collegiate recovery to the Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy.
Tiara Cash, Program Manager, comes to Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience as an alumni of Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from in Exercise and Wellness from ASU and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Kinesiology. Her practice of mindfulness spans the last 18 years of her life and she has been a practitioner of this work for the last five years in various settings including: athletics, campus recreation, and student success.
Tiara has been granted scholarships, grants, and awards for her work with mindfulness in the student-athlete population, mindfulness and equitability/social justice, and creating art with a foundation of mindful practice. Her career focuses include leadership and self-sustainability in university settings, delving into the intersections of mindfulness in marginalized and unrepresented populations, student-athlete retirement resilience training, and mindful performance art.
In her current role with Center, she works to create a culture of connection through innovative programming in workshops, trainings, and events. With a background in wellness management and exercise and sport psychology, her vision is to engage ASU and the surrounding community in life-long learning and personal development with an emphasis on mindful practices and a true focus on connection through compassion.
Hanna Layton is currently studying at Arizona State University finishing her Bachelors of Science in Sustainability as well as beginning her 4+1 program for a Masters of Sustainable Solutions degree. Hanna is a full-time student involved and in love with learning about how she can serve as an advocate for the natural world and all its resources, as well as ensuring the human and animal populations can proceed on with health and happiness. She is particularly interested in human well being, focusing on the intersection of mindfulness and sustainability. Through this avenue she hopes to educate others on how to practice resilience and deepen their subjective sense of wellbeing individually and as a community.
Hanna is employed by ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience as the student outreach coordinator. In this role she serves to foster a more compassionate and connected student body at ASU. She acts as a liaison between student organizations and the Center to spread mindfulness through planning events and leading practices that students can apply to their daily lives. Her ultimate goal in this role is to help students manage their daily stresses through healthy practices so that they can more easily achieve their academic goals.
For over 10 years, nationally recognized performance artist, Lady Caress has dedicated her life to the art of communication as both a poet and public speaker. Currently pursuing her MFA in Performance from ASU, she has designed and executed public speaking and performance workshops for Upward Bound, YMCA, and organizations designed to bring extra-curricular activities to at-risk youth. She served as Spoken Word Poetry Consultant for Iowa’s National Night Out and served as the 2015 Speech and Debate Fellow at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. With her unique set of comedy, music, beatboxing and theatrics, she has toured over 150 Colleges and Universities with her solo show and was awarded 2017 Campus Activities Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Seen on BET at the 365 Black Awards and Season 4 of Verses and Flow on TvOne, Lady Caress is truly a dynamic performer.
Elizabeth (Liz) Athens is a practicing social worker and a member of the faculty at the ASU School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise are direct practice with clients experiencing mental health and substance use disorders, and enjoys working at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of service delivery to bring equity and parity to mental health services for everyone.
An artist at heart (although perhaps not by skill), Liz was recently introduced to the process of SoulCollage®, an intuitive, collaborate therapeutic process, which involves creating and using collaged images to help one bring clarity to some of life’s more complex issues. Honing skills that support insight and intuition lends itself well to the practice of an active mindfulness process. Liz enjoys introducing therapeutic expressive arts processes to her students and other groups as a way to improve client outcomes.
Born in the Tar Heel country of Winston Salem, North Carolina, Julie Rousseau claims Los
Angeles, California as home, and is the youngest of five children to her father a pastor and
mother an educator. Rousseau completed her BA in Education at California State University of
Los Angeles, her MS in Psychology at Pepperdine University, while a head coach of the women’s
basketball program, and is currently a fourth-year PhD student at Arizona State University in
the Human Systems Engineering Program. Previous to her pursuit of a doctorate degree,
Rousseau has had a myriad of head coaching experiences, which resulted in her interest to
study Stress in Division I Head Basketball Coaches and the Intersectionality of Race and Gender.
Rousseau’s head coaching career began at Washington Preparatory High School with an
appointment as the head coach of the boy’s Freshman/Sophomore team, along with positions
as an assistant and eventual head coach of the Girls Varsity basketball team. Both teams won
league and several Los Angeles City Championships. During the inaugural season of the WNBA,
Rousseau began as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks and later was promoted to
head coach, making an impressive jump from a high school head coach to then the youngest
head coach, in the WNBA.
Rousseau’s coaching career continued to ascend, by becoming an assistant coach at Stanford
University under the tutelage of Tara VanDerveer, one of the winningest coaches’ in the history
of basketball. After four years at Stanford, she became the head coach of Women’s Basketball
at Pepperdine University and won a Gold Medal as an assistant with the 2009 USA Basketball
World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. After Pepperdine, Rousseau worked as a color
analyst for Pac-12 Networks and was an assistant with the WNBA Seattle Storm prior to
beginning her pursuit and work to complete her PhD at Arizona State.
Rousseau’s research hopes to bring awareness to the negative effects of chronic stress,
with a focus on its effect on head coaches in Division I athletics. Few studies have examined
the confluence of race and gender, and other social identities, particularly in the field of athletic
coaching. The field of sports is in need of research to understand how the demands placed on
head coaches, as well as players, results in heightened levels of stress, which negatively affects
them personally, as well as their performance. Rousseau’s study identifies the types,
frequencies and intensities of stress that are unique to head coaches and the intersectional
differences and similarities that exist between and within their unique experiences as male and
female and/or Black and White within the environment of Division I athletics.
Cheryl is Diné/Navajo and she is from the Navajo Nation, originally from Pinon, AZ. She is of the Coyote Pass Clan, born for the Big Water clan, and her maternal & paternal grandparents are of the Bitter Water clan. She brings over 14 years of grants & contracts management. She has experience in the development of training & consulting, grants & contracts management in behavioral and mental health. Cheryl is passionate about servicing Native people is humbled to apart of a project that brings awareness to behavioral and mental health. She has devoted her career to working with Native American agencies and programs. Cheryl received her Bachelor’s Degree in American Political Studies from Washington State University and Northern Arizona University. Cheryl has worked in suicide prevention for fourteen years, she started out as a QPR trainer with a consulting firm. In this firm she monitored ‘after-school programs’ and contracted with the Bureau of Indian Education for six years, upon leaving she was the youngest person in the firm to make partner. Working with federally funded schools enabled Cheryl to continue her work in higher education, specifically in grants & contracts management. She began working at Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. While at ASU, she began her graduate studies. Cheryl graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU Criminal Justice department with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She went on to work with the Indian Health Service in development of training for staff development, behavioral health, clinical staff and clinical management and then transitioned to management in Community Development and Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) grants management. Cheryl’s first language is Navajo and she strives to incorporate cultural and traditional teachings and values into the education and outreach of behavioral and mental health awareness. Cheryl recognizes the need for this form of instruction and has developed culturally sensitive training that addresses delivering the Navajo teachings of ‘empowering and honoring life’ in this way. Cheryl is currently the TREE Project Director at Native American Connections Outpatient Treatment Center where she continues her passion in working in behavioral and mental health.
Dr. Buzinde’s expertise centers on understanding the various ways in which indigenous and marginalized communities participate in sustainable tourism development to facilitate community well-being. She has extensive experience facilitating sustainable tourism and community development workshops for indigenous and marginalized communities. Dr. Buzinde is also the academic director for the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), a State Department program, at ASU, that focuses on cultivating ASEAN youth as emerging leaders who can facilitate change by participating in community development in their nations. She facilitates YSEALI workshops on mindfulness and leadership in the US and in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Charles T. Lee is an Associate Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He specializes in critical social and political theory (including critical race, feminist, and queer theory) and is especially interested in bridging theoretical analysis with the lived experiences of marginalized populations. His book, Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change (Duke University Press, 2016), which investigates the everyday practices of marginalized subjects such as migrant domestic workers, global sex workers, and transgender people as innovation formations of political agency and cultural resistance, received the 2017 Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award from the Institute for Humanities Research. He also has a longtime interest in Zen Buddhism, which has informed his own intellectual-political work. He and his colleague Dr. LaDawn Haglund co-facilitated a research cluster on "Mindfulness and Social Justice" on ASU campus in 2017-2018 that was funded by the Institute for Humanities Research and involved interested faculty and graduate students across the university. His future research project will investigate the connections between mind-body practices, cultural politics, and social transformation.
Nick Patterson is a veteran and student at ASU. He works at the Pat Tillman Veteran’s Center to bring well-being to our student veterans.
Three years ago Miquella Young transferred to Arizona State from Lake Zurich, a small suburb of Chicago. With a long history in dance and karate, Miquella studied the mind-body connection through her undergraduate program in Integrative Health and dance. She has studied abroad in Peru, ventured to India to learn about spirituality, and explored the historical depths of Italy. She has experience as a dance instructor and mentor for academic and personal success with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She holds certificates in Natural Holistic Remedies and Mindfulness Leadership. With her B.S. in Metaphysical Science from the University of Sedona, Miquella currently serves as president of ASU's Metaphysics club exploring the depths of meditation and consciousness. Miquella, who is also one of Center’s Volunteers, is moving to Portland, Oregon in the Fall to study Naturopathy and Classical Chinese medicine.
Sarah Murray is an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences student at ASU with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her undergraduate thesis focuses on menstrual taboo and perceptions of conventional and alternative menstrual products. She has taught hatha and vinyasa yoga for two years, incorporating body positivity and inclusivity into her practice. Sarah combines her role as a yoga instructor with her work for ASU's Sexual Violence Prevention department through partner yoga workshops that focus on communication and consent.
Aliria Rascón is a clinical assistant professor at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation teaching in the pre-licensure nursing program. During her time at ASU, she has served as co-director of CONHI’s Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership and as originator and faculty director of CONHI’s first study abroad program to Peru during 2016 and 2017. As a division one water polo athlete, Aliria received her BSN from Hartwick College in New York where she also minored in Spanish and co-founded “Nursing Students Without Borders.” Completing her Master of Science in Nursing Education at ASU, her final applied project studied the effects of mentorship and student nurse associations on success of minority nursing students. Aliria has since practiced volunteer nursing in Kingston, Jamaica; Oaxaca, Mexico; Cusco, Peru; The Solomon Islands, and locally in a free mobile health clinic in the Phoenix valley. Her clinical nursing experience includes work in oncology, medical-surgical, telemetry, medical ICU, and trauma ICU. Aliria is also a PhD candidate currently studying experiences of grandmothers of Mexican descent managing type 2 diabetes in the context of caring for a grandchild. Along with her teaching roles, Aliria is Rei Ki certified and enjoys leading a “CONHI Wellness” group where she teaches yoga classes and hosts wellness activities for faculty and staff at CONHI. Aliria is the proud owner of two energetic dogs and enjoys practicing yoga, swimming, and playing water polo in her spare time.
Dr. Chisum completed his Master’s Degree and PhD in Exercise Physiology with the research focus centered in neurophysiological adaptations. His undergraduate psychology mentor recruited him for counseling using techniques developed by Dr. Carl Rogers for the Lighthouse Project in Los Angeles, CA. The Rogerian Theory is the basic Foundation for Motivational Interviewing. In the 1970’s, he had the opportunity to gain further knowledge and application through a concentrated 15 week program centered upon energy work under the tutelage of Bernard Gunther. The past three decades he has worked with professionals in the medical, business, and coaching field to assist in enhanced communication skills.
Laura has been practicing yoga and mindfulness since 2002, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Laura is also a mental health therapist, and runs a private practice specializing in working with grief and trauma from a mindfulness-based perspective. Laura volunteers with The Prison Yoga Project Phoenix, teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to incarcerated individuals. Laura is left-handed, native to Phoenix, and has a therapy dog named Biz.
Susan is Owner and General Manager of M2 Well-Being, a workplace wellness solution that brings experienced mindfulness teachers and a unique mobile studio on site to lead mindfulness classes. M2 makes it convenient and efficient to educate and inspire employees to train their brains, improve their health, well-being and productivity, and build workplace relationships.
Susan launched M2 to make mindfulness practice more accessible and relevant to busy professionals. She leverages her 25-year business career leading integrated marketing teams, products and budgets; her experience includes Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Director at Parchment, Assistant Dean at Arizona State University and business owner.
Susan received her B.A. degree from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Chile.
The dancers participating in this year's conference have a diverse range of backgrounds and movement styles. We are brought together not only for by our love of dance, but also with the firm belief that we can use dance to create visions of the future that engage people on an emotional and intellectual level. Our dance is an invitation - to find center, to build community, to heal, and to move forward.
Coley Curry, Allison Dubose, My-Linh Le, Michelle Marji, Kayla Tamooka, Ziquian Zhou
Water – a seemly gentle force on its own. But, when coupled with other components of time and atmosphere, water has the ability to change even the toughest and most rigid substances (Stone). Like water, we must be diligent and tenacious yet gentle and mindful in our movements for change. When situations present as hard and unwavering, we must remember our elemental being, flowing gently through the staggered stones that seem to be unyielding, knowing the power behind our words and actions to create the most pivotal changes that though at times unseen can make the most impact.
9:00 - 9:30 am
9:30 - 10:00 am
Breakfast and Optional Partner Yoga
10:00 - 10:40 am
10:40 - 11:00 am
Mindfulness Listening Practice
11:00 - 11:10 am
11:10 - 11:55 am
12:00 - 12:10 pm
Recognition of Presenting Sponsor: Danna Pratte (by: Keynote Speaker)
12:10 -1:00 pm
1:00 - 1:05 pm
Mindful Art (by: Tiara Cash)
1:05 - 3:00 pm
Keynote (by: Dr. Kamilah Majied)
3:00 - 3:10 pm
3:10 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 4:45 pm
Closing & Debrief
9:00 - 9:30 am
Breakfast and Opening Meditation
9:30 - 9:45 am
9:45 - 11:00 am
11:00 - 11:10 am
11:10 - 12:10 am
12:10 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Keynote (by: Rhonda Magee, JD)
3:00 - 3:10 pm
3:10 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Pause, Reflect, & Closing Address
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