The global Dalai Lama Fellows is a unique one-year leadership program for emerging social change makers designed to help them cultivate self-awareness, resilience, and compassion; broaden their cultural perspectives; learn how to engage with complex systems; and work with local communities in sustainable ways.
All program activities (12 – 16 hours/monthly) engage a variety of mindfulness and contemplative practices, and receptivity to such practices is a key priority. Based on the Head, Hearts, and Hands curriculum of the Dalai Lama Fellows program, the fellowship is intended to be a deep dive into new, embodied, identity-affirming, social-justice, and equity-informed approaches to building community, shifting conventional industries, and informing leadership models.
Over the course of a year, with the support of mentors and coaches, each Fellow implements a field project addressing a local challenge and learns how to interweave their own transformation with meaningful service and social change for their communities.
Please contact Associate Professor Donna Mejia with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
The global Dalai Lama Fellows is a unique one-year leadership program for emerging social change makers designed to help them cultivate self-awareness, resilience, and compassion; broaden their cultural perspectives; learn how to engage with complex systems; and work with local communities in sustainable ways. The program is headquartered at the University of Virginia. In 2021, Dalai Lama Fellows entered a phase of joint stewardship among the University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center, Stanford University Stanford Flourishing Project, and the University of Colorado Boulder Renée Crown Wellness Institute. Faculty and staff at these three universities are working together to deliver the global fellowship program as well as create interlinked academic programs for undergraduates at each university.
The CU Boulder Chapter of the DLF Program is part of the Mindful Campus Program at the Crown Institute. The Mindful Campus Program aims to co-design and implement mindfulness-and compassion-based programming to support undergraduate student wellness at CU Boulder. The Mindful Campus Program offers scalable, sustainable mindfulness- and compassion-based resources driven by evidence and impact-based research, centuries of contemplative practice wisdom, and the practical needs of our campus community.
The first group participated in a year-long program led by Associate Professor Donna Mejia that explored the use of mindfulness within leadership challenges such as marginalization, encountering ideological rigidity, gender disparity, cultural collisions, and ecological threat.
Future cohorts of the Dalai Lama Fellows program will engage students from the Leeds School of Business. The DLF program with Leeds students will specifically focus on entrepreneurship and social innovation, helping participants develop their leadership skills and providing them with the tools to address mindfulness in their roles as the business innovators of tomorrow. Fellows will receive a stipend each semester; associated travel and participation expenses with the annual global assembly of fellows also are covered.
Visit the global Dalai Lama Fellows site here: https://www.dalailamafellows.org