The 2021 Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

Resourcing, Reconnection, and Reemergence:
Centering Contemplative Practices in our Work and in our Healing

Main Conference: Friday, November 5th - Saturday, November 6th
Contemplative Workshop: Sunday, November 7th

Two full days of concurrent presentations, two keynote talks, a live musical performance, and an online poster session, plus a Sunday workshop and more to be announced!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ron Bell

Dr. Ron Bell

Pastor & Author, The Four Promises: Journeying through Past and Present Trauma

Ron Bell is the senior pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC and writes about race, trauma, empathy, and grief. He has created an ongoing webinar series on Trauma and Empathy that he has led with several universities including St. Paul College, Bethel University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Fuller Theological Seminary and several others, as well as with numerous nonprofits and county agencies.

Angel Acosta

Dr. Angel Acosta

Chief Learning Officer, Acosta Institute & Fellowship Program Director, Garrison Institute

For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. Acosta has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.

For 2021, the ACMHE conference will focus on how contemplative practices can support and sustain learning communities that resource and enhance resilienceconnection, and healthy reemergence back into a more equitable and inclusive society. Acknowledging the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the inequities and disparities created by systemic oppression, we are now faced with an even greater urgency to collectively move the societal needle of engaging with one another and the environment from health-compromising to health-enhancing, from unsustainable to sustainable, from unjust to just. This movement will be facilitated by a more compassionate understanding of the loss and grief we have experienced as individuals and communities, illumination of the resilience and wisdom that we have drawn upon, and the application of the diverse learning, healing, and transformative strategies that have emerged.

Therefore, the goals of the 2021 ACMHE conference are to explore the importance of the following areas of focus:

  • radical self and community care,
  • acknowledging and sitting with our experiences of loss and grief,
  • emphasizing the criticality of fostering a foundation of compassion between historically disparate communities, and
  • learning how to be more intentional about demonstrating these goals across all aspects of education.

2019 Keynote Speaker

Jasmine Syedullah, Photo: Karl Rabe / Vassar College

Dr. Jasmine K. Syedullah

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Vassar College
Jasmine Syedullah is a black feminist political theorist of abolition, and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. Dr. Syedullah holds a Ph.D. in Politics with a designated emphasis in Feminist Studies and History of Consciousness from University of California Santa Cruz and a B.A. from Brown University in Religious Studies with a focus in Buddhist Philosophy. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vassar College.

Past Conferences

2019 Conference Program
2019 Conference

Radical Well-Being in Higher Education

UMass Amherst
Keynote Speaker:
Jasmine K. Syedullah

2018 conference program
2018 Conference

Imagining Humane Institutions

UMass Amherst
Keynote Speaker:
Michelle Chatman

2017 ACMHE program
2017 Conference

Radicalizing Contemplative Education

1440 Multiversity
Keynote Speakers:
Fania Davis
Rhonda Magee

2016 ACMHE Program
2016 Conference

Transforming Higher Education

UMass Amherst
Keynote Speaker:
Melanie Harris

2015 ACMHE program
2015 Conference

Building Just Communities

Howard University
Keynote Speakers:
Rhonda Magee, Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez

2014 ACMHE Program
2014 Conference

Intention, Method, Evaluation

University of Washington
Keynote Speaker:
Peter Felton

2013 ACMHE Program
2013 Conference

Integrity of Practice

Amherst College
Keynote Speaker:
Panel Discussion with Daniel Barbezat, David Brown, Rhonda Magee, and Kim Weiner 

2012 conference
2012 Conference

Contemplative Approaches in the Diverse Academic Community

Amherst College
Keynote Speaker:
Rhonda Magee

2011 conference
2011 Conference

The Contemplative Campus

Amherst College
Keynote Speaker:
Mirabai Bush

2010 conference
2010 Conference

The Contemplative Academy

Amherst College
Keynote Speaker:
Stephen Prothero

2009 Conference

The Contemplative Heart of Higher Education

Amherst College
Keynote Speaker:
Diana Chapman Walsh


If you have any questions, please contact Maya Elinevsky at or at 413-582-0071.