Rhonda Magee, MA, JD

Compassion in Action: Mindfulness for a Just Society

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn how deepening your own mindfulness practice can help you feel interconnected, and lead to a more inclusive, compassionate, and just society

  • Explore the ideas of interbeing and racialization, and learn how you can act with more intention and courage to create positive change around you

  • Experience a guided practice to notice suffering in and around you and start making the choice to be a part of healing

About Rhonda Magee, MA, JD

Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on compassionate conflict engagement, holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured, presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees embodied mindfulness meditation and the allied disciplines of study and community engagement as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities of our time.

Rhonda is the author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, which was published in September of 2019. You can learn more about Rhonda and her work on her website.

About Rona Wilensky, PhD

Rona Wilensky is Director of Mindfulness Programs at PassageWorks Institute where she teaches SMART in Education, a mindfulness program for educators. From 1992- 2009 she was founding principal of New Vista High School, an innovative public high school of choice in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and was member of the Leadership Council of the Garrison Institute’s Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning. Rona holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and taught that subject at Williams College and the University of Denver in the early 1980’s.

Check out Rona's work at PassageWorks.

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  1. Christa March 20, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    I would love to know how Dr. Magee integrated these practices into her classes—like nuts and bolts. What did it look like?

  2. Faye March 20, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    I enjoyed this video a lot. Thank you for sharing your definition on the racialization process.

  3. Esperanza Suarez March 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Beautifully explained how to start diluting our and others racialization with mindfulness practice. Thank you so much!

  4. Diane Ryan March 20, 2020 at 12:55 am

    Rona’s questions and Rhonda’s responses provided insights, inspiration and encouragement for us to continue to seek mindful ways to bring healing to our troubled world.

  5. Amanda March 19, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    “What is it like to be a servant? How do we in a civil context, meet those responsibilities? An advocate, a person who runs towards the suffering and ideally helps resolve it and reconcile as opposed to churning and fermenting more despair.” Great question that we all need pause and to ask ourselves.

  6. AEA March 19, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Grounding and thought provoking.
    Thank you for sharing your experience and insight.

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