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Kindness Lessons: How Mindfulness and Spirituality Improve College Life, Student Activism and the Academic Experience

June 6, 2022

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For the past five years, the UCLA Labor Studies Program has offered a course for students involved with the work for social justice, entitled Spirituality, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Social Justice Activism. In this course, students learn about the role of spirituality and mindfulness practice in the work of non-violence and social justice. With grant support from the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute, the UCLA Labor Center conducted a survey of students who had enrolled in the course, and analyzed how the course teachings were continuing to benefit them today. Authors selected twenty students for an in-depth qualitative interview in which they were able to share more about their experiences with the class, and how they were applying the course materials and teachings to their daily work and personal lives.

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