Fullerton College student leaders participated in the Mindfulness Institute for Student Leaders co-hosted by the Pathway Transformation Initiative and Staff Development in February. The institute took place over the course of two sessions during the month, and taught student leaders the benefits and fundamentals of mindfulness meditation practice for academic success and overall well-being.
“The Mindfulness Institute for Student Leaders was designed specifically for student leaders to learn about mindfulness theory and practice,” said Reading Professor Deidre Hughes who is a certified mindfulness educator and serves as co-coordinator of the Mindful Growth Initiative at Fullerton College.
The Mindful Growth Initiative fosters contemplative practices and growth opportunities to develop equity, student success, individual well-being, and community.
“Our hope is that student leaders who completed the trainings will have the confidence, knowledge and expertise to share their knowledge with other Fullerton College students as they make peer-to-peer connections within their leadership roles,” Hughes said.
More than 25 student leaders participated in the trainings which introduced the basics of mindfulness with training modes including presentation, collaborative learning, group discussions, role playing, and video presentations. Additionally, students learned how to apply mindfulness to their work personally and in their specific roles on campus. The training sessions were led by Hughes and English Professor Miguel Powers.
“We are so pleased and excited about the student leaders’ interest in mindfulness,” Hughes said. “After the initial training, the students were eager to participate in subsequent training activities and discuss the ideas presented.”
Students who participated in the trainings serve in a variety of leadership positions and roles on campus including Associated Students, student ambassadors, student assistants, supplemental instruction leaders, and as tutors in the Reading and Writing Centers.
The Pathway Transformation Initiative receives funds from the state of California to improve the progression rate of students needing basic skills instruction into college-level instruction by implementing or expanding innovations and redesign in the areas of assessment, student services, and instruction. For more information visit http://pathway.fullcoll.edu.