Meet 2019 Dalai Lama Fellow Esther Ajari

2019 Fellow Esther Ajari, one of sixteen children born into a polygamous family in Nigeria, was raised to believe that women are inferior to men. Despite challenging gender barriers, Ajari cultivated the resilience and determination to attend medical school, where she is now studying to become a doctor. She now has an inextinguishable passion for empowering more girls to succeed in school and as women in a patriarchal society and says:
I believe in a world where girls like me will no longer be told to just sit still and look pretty.

New Partnership with Hereford Residential College

The Contemplative Sciences Center and Hereford Residential College have launched a new partnership to create a living-learning community that promotes student wellbeing and flourishing at the University and beyond. Incorporating contemplation into students’ daily lives is vital to this effort, and starting this 2018-19 academic year, Hereford added a focus on mindfulness and mind-body practices to the residential college’s existing foci on environmental sustainability and social awareness.

Fall 2019: Mindfulness For Teachers — EDIS 5012

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Mindfulness for Teachers will introduce students to a series of evidence-based practical skills that will help them cultivate the inner resources needed to support their students' social, emotional, and academic growth.

* 3 Credits

Instructors: Carly Dirghangi (, Patricia (Tish) Jennings (


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