Description of Organization:
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a mid-sized, four-year, regional public university founded in 1889, serving approximately 6,400 undergraduate and 2,800 graduate students. UNC’s Center for Applied Contemplative Studies (CFACS) is a university-level center launched in 2020 to promote contemplative scholarship, training, and practices across campus and beyond. Through their activities and programs, CFACA endeavors to introduce and support contemplative practices and mindfulness for the university’s increasingly diverse population of college and graduate students. At a 2020 one-day conference, CFACS partnered with The Center for Koru Mindfulness to offer a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program tailored for teaching mindfulness-based techniques to college students. Koru Certified teachers are trained to provide and teach all components of the Koru Mindfulness curriculum and have access to all the materials they need to develop, teach, and support students and other community members in their mindfulness journeys.
In 2022, a grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to cover tuition for five UNC faculty members to enroll in the Koru Mindfulness Teacher Certification Program. Participants will be recruited not only to promote mindfulness training for campus communities in general, but also to diversify the content and reach of the programming to meet the needs and draw from the wisdom and spiritual traditions of BIPOC communities..