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Healing Higher Education: Embodying the Institution, Healing Faculty

March 31, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

March 31 webinar

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM ET (6:00-7:30 PM CT)
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Join Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde and Dr. Ricardo Montelongo as they discuss the role of faculty in healing and embodying the institution. More importantly, they will shed light on what faculty are experiencing on campuses across the country amid the pandemic; their perspective on their own woundedness and that of their students in this moment of racial reckoning and grand transformation. Finally, faculty will engage their imaginations to envision what healing might look, feel, and be like on campuses across the country. 

CMind Executive Director Dr. David Robinson-Morris will moderate the dialogue.  

Dr. Abegunde is a memory keeper, ancestral priest, and full spectrum doula. Her creative works and research are grounded in African-centered contemplative and ritual practices that center joy and love to heal inter-generational trauma. She is interested in transforming the academy into one of many paths of contemplative practice. Her most recent works have been published in FIRE!!!, Keeper of My Mothers’ DreamsThe Eternal Year of African People, Trouble the Waters: Tales of the Deep BlueASHE: Ritual Poetics in African Diasporic Expression, and the forthcoming SO WE CAN KNOW: Writers of Color on Pregnancy, Loss, Abortion, and Birth. Dr. Abegunde is a faculty member in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.

Ricardo Montelongo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University. He teaches in the Higher Education Administration, Higher Education Leadership, and Developmental Education Administration programs. Ricardo’s primary research interests include college student involvement; the impact of Latina/o/x college student organizations; diversity issues in higher education; and spirituality in higher education. He also studies (critical) digital pedagogy and online teaching and learning.  He has twenty years professional administrative experience in student success, academic advising, academic enhancement, Student Support Services/TRiO, institutional research, career development and residence life.  He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University and a M.S. in Student Affairs Administration and B.S. in Psychology both from Texas A&M University. Dr. Montelongo is active in ACPA College Student Educators International and was co-chair of its Latinx Network from 2011-2013. His personal website is located at https://ricmontelongo.com

This series will be moderated by David Robinson-Morris, PhD. Dr. Robinson-Morris serves as the Executive Director for The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMind), and is the Founder and Chief Reimaginelutionary at The REImaginelution, LLC, a strategic consulting firm working at the intersections of imagination, policy, practice, and prophetic hope to radically reimagine diversity, equity, and inclusion toward racial justice and systemic transformation by engendering freedom of the human spirit. Dr. Robinson-Morris is a scholar, author, philosopher, social justice and human rights advocate-activist, educator, philanthropist, community organizer, DEI practitioner, and administrator. He is the author of a research monograph, Ubuntu and Buddhism in Higher Education: An Ontological (Re)Thinking, published by Routledge.


March 31, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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