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The Office of the Provost is engaged in an initiative to promote wellness and enable faculty and staff to take advantage of evidence-based practices in self-awareness, deliberative judgement, nonviolence, or similar areas that might assist them in equipping students to thrive in an academic environment.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, there are three prongs to this initiative:

1)  Training for faculty and staff.  The University of Richmond will be hosting a Koru Teacher Training on May 16-18, 2019.  This evidence-based mindfulness training focuses on those teaching young adults and is designed to assist students with stress-management.  More information is at https://korumindfulness.org/.  Faculty and staff from the University of Richmond who meet the qualifications will have their tuition paid by the Office of the Provost. The application form is here. To avoid the application fee, please contact Cindy Sharp prior to submitting your application. Applicants must have some sort of previous Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training or practice.  That MBSR training requires a time investment and can be can be achieved through a free online course that you can do at your convenience at https://palousemindfulness.com/ or through a local training institute https://www.chrysalisinstitute.org/programs/2018/11/27/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction.   If you choose to go through the Chrysalis Institute you can apply for tuition through the Provost’s office.

2)  Speakers.  Departments and faculty are invited to propose guest lecturers in their fields for campus presentations funded by the Provost’s Office.  Applications should be made via e-mail with a paragraph justification to the Associate Provost for Faculty. We are particularly eager to welcome speakers who can address evidence-based practices as they apply to specific fields of inquiry.

3)  Small grants ($5000 or less) are available for projects such as conference attendance linked to particular curricular changes and student-learning outcomes; additional training opportunities with an impact on research and teaching; and other proposals that bring together academic inquiry and mindfulness, broadly conceived.  Applications should be made via e-mail to the Associate Provost for Faculty starting November 15, 2018 and on a rolling basis thereafter. Proposals should include a full description of the project, budget, and statement regarding impact on teaching, research and/or student well-being.