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Rhonda V. Magee

Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and is a global headliner and internationally-recognized thought and practice leader on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. A student of a wide variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Joan Halifax, Norman Fischer, Venerable Analayo and Jon Kabat Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Interventions awareness and compassion practices from a range of traditions. In October 2019, she received the Garrison Institute’s Insight + Impact Award.

A former President of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Magee is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, and recently completed a 2-year term on its Steering Council. She recently completed a successful term as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Magee previously served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She recently accepted an appointment to the Board of Advisors of the Brown Center for Mindfulness.

Professor Magee is a 1989 graduate, with Distinction, of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, and a 1989 graduate of UVA’s U.S. Army Reserved Officer’s Training Corps. She earned both a Master degree in Sociology from UVA’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctorate from the UVA School of Law in 1993.

A Professor of Law for more than twenty years (tenured since 2004), Magee teaches courses dealing with civil actions for personal injury and insurance recovery; courses dealing with race and inequality; and a course she co-created on mindfulness and lawyering. She is experienced in interpersonal dynamics-informed small-group facilitation (supported by training, retreats, and practice through a variety of programs, including Stanford University’s Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Program and the Gregory Kramer’s Insight Dialogue). Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; 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 mindfulness and the allied disciplines as keys to personal, interpersonal and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities that social change represents.

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Feb 13, 2021 - Self Care for Racial Justice: The Inner and Outer Work of Change

When I think of justice, I think of that project of making the world safer for all of us. We’re not born to suffer—none of us, plain and simple—no matter how unjust the circumstances we may find ourselves in. Living in this body, the opportunity to take in one breath and exhale another, and feel the possibility inherent in every moment is a reminder that no matter what difficulties we may be facing, our difficulties are not the whole story. They never are the whole story. From that place I can smile with you, and reach out toward possibility even amidst the pain.

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