Contemplative Engagement Live Keynote Viewing
Teaching and Learning for Wholeness and Social Change
Our world is currently being confronted with chilling social issues which call for a framework of teaching and learning that fosters what Latina feminist theorist, Gloria Anzaldúa, called “conocimiento,” a high level of enlightenment fostered through creative contemplative practices such as art, poetry, dance and meditation. The path toward enlightenment connects inner work with public acts involving social change and personal transformation. This session will present a vision of contemplative education that recognizes cultural patterns of oppression, incorporates theoretical lenses rooted in social justice, and employs a diverse ecology of culturally-validating contemplative practices.
Laura I. Rendón is Professor Emerita at the University of Texas-San Antonio and a teaching and learning theorist and thought leader. A native of Laredo, Texas Rendón’s passion is ensuring that the nation’s educational system fosters success for all students, especially those who are low-income and first generation. Her scholarship focuses on topics such as student success, Latinx STEM students, and sensing/thinking deep learning experiences, as well as self-care and healing. She is the author of, Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy): Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation, as well as numerous publications focusing on student success and contemplative education.