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Education Democracy & Social Change Cluster, Health & Human Enrichment Cluster


Contemplative inquiry is an approach to problem-solving that complements creative and critical approaches. Contemplative Communities makes Plymouth State University a destination for contemplative and mindful approaches to teaching, learning, design, and problem-solving. This is a two-phase plan. The first phase, described in this project proposal, features undergraduate students working with faculty and staff to craft, implement, and assess curricular and co-curricular activities to enhance students’ well-being, improve learning, and build community. The second phase, to be developed and proposed next year, brings graduate students into these experiences.

Contemplative Communities is a multi-pronged project that includes developing a four-course General Education micro-credential, engaging students with regional and national debates in contemplative sciences and studies, hosting co-curricular activities through partnerships with Student Affairs, shepherding the “Living with Purpose” first year co-curricular experience, and serving the wider region by designing and facilitating contemplative and mindfulness workshops the Center for Active Living and Healthy Lifestyles.


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