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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Mindfulness and Multicultural Education (podcast)

I had a very interesting discussion with Cecile Edwards about Mindfulness and Multicultural Education.  

This means:

  • Bringing a mindfulness lens into multicultural education.
  • Bringing a multicultural lens into mindfulness teaching. 

We discussed:
  • understanding how we identify and how that impacts our view of others;
  • ways to confront internal biases;
  • addressing biases we observe with colleagues; and 
  • self-reflection as a critical teaching strategy.

I shared:
  • how mindfulness has helped me, both as a teacher and in my personal life; 
  • my perspective as a WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) on white privilege and white fragility; and 
  • a couple of cautionary tales about people who thought they knew more than they really did about other cultures. (For the second story, it might be helpful to see maps of West Africa and Botswana, as well as basic information about the Setswana language.)

Many thanks to Cecile Edwards for giving me the opportunity to share my perspective on these issues.  

You can listen to the podcast at:

And here are the links to the resources I mentioned, which I've found particularly helpful in expanding my awareness of different perspectives:

If you're looking for more resources on multiculturalism and social justice, there are many suggestions in the following recent posts:

I'm also working on more content about ADDRESSING diversity, which I'll be posting in the next few weeks.

About the Author

Catharine Hannay is the founder of and the author of Being You: A Girl’s Guide to Mindfulness, a workbook for teen girls on mindfulness, compassion, and self-acceptance. (Sales of the book help me continue to run with no sponsorship or advertising.)