U-M PCCS; National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID); and the U-M Office of Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Present:

Meilu Ho, Brandon Valentine, and Ed Sarath "Diversity, Consciousness,

and Contemplative Engagement"

Thursday, March 27, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m. // This event is free and open to all U-M affiliates, community scholars, and the general public.

U-M Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room (Central), Fourth Floor
100 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2218
University of Michigan, Central Campus


This panel presentation and discussion session unites two themes in the
academic world that are not commonly linked, yet have much to offer each other in terms of development and advocacy. The first—diversity—is well known on most campuses as among the most prominent issues in education and society at large. The second, and more recent, theme is less known, having to do with the use of contemplative practices and related studies of consciousness in academic classrooms and research. Still young, yet clearly burgeoning, contemplative/
consciousness studies "streams" in the educational "landscape" suggest that these may comprise a next major frontier of learning, teaching, and research.

Several kinds of linkages between these areas underscore the synergistic benefits to be gained for each, when viewed in relationship with the other. The fact that contemplative ways of knowing and being have been central to cultures around the globe expands the array of connections to diverse cultures that are possible in the academy. Moreover, the range of personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal benefits associated with contemplative disciplines—including heightened self-awareness, insight, well-being, compassion, interpersonal relations, and freedom from conditioning (i.e. stereotypes)—illuminates these emergent modalities as powerful tools that render individuals more receptive to embracing individuals and perspectives of diverse backgrounds.


Campus Map Location:
Palmer Commons is located in quadrant 2-D on the U-M campus map
(see link above, by address).

Driving Directions to Palmer Commons:
For information and assistance regarding directions & the facility's accessibility,
call (734) 615-4444, or visit http://palmercommons.umich.edu/article/driving-directions.

Nearby Parking:
Parking for both visitors and U-M parking permit (gold and blue) is available in the U-M Palmer Structure on Palmer Drive. (Visitors, go to the end of Palmer Drive, and turn left into the visitor parking entry.)
Details at http://palmercommons.umich.edu/article/parking.
See additional information (about U-M structures' parking fees, etc.) at http://pts.umich.edu/patient_visitor/visitor.php.


University Bus Routes & Schedules:
Specific questions regarding nearby campus bus routes and/or temporary parking permits and fees for designated (yellow & orange permit) commuter parking lots may be directed to the U-M Parking Office and Transportation Services. See http://pts.umich.edu/site_tools/contact_us.php or call Parking Customer Service at (734) 764-8291.

Also, the Magic Bus website provides real-time status of (free) U-M campus bus routes and schedules.

Public and Alternative Transportation:
Public bus-transit schedules (& fares) for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area are provided by The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide).

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) offers an interactive map for locating public-access, rentable Zip cars, bicycles, etc.


On-Campus Walking Directions to Palmer Commons:

Directions within Palmer Commons—
to Great Lakes Room (Central), Fourth Floor:

Please take either the west- or south-end elevators to the fourth floor.
The Great Lakes Rooms overlook the atrium. Floorplans are available at http://palmercommons.umich.edu/building-maps.

The Palmer Commons Information Desk is staffed through 11p.m. on weekdays, and is located in the Third Floor lobby on the Plaza Level, or call (734) 615-4444.

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The study of contemplative traditions from diverse cultures
shapes self-understanding and promotes rich interpersonal relationships in a global community. [photo:Monte Fowler]