Trustee, Elected 2021
Stephanie Briggs (she, her, hers) is a retired English professor and owner of Be.Still.Move., a program of arts-based contemplative practices. She is the 2018-2019 Lenz Residential Fellowship recipient at Naropa University for her project, “Visioning the Eightfold Path: Liberatory Contemplative Practical Empowerment for African-American Faculty” where she addressed inequities towards African-American faculty, particularly those in predominately white institutions (PWIs), through creation of trainings consisting of community-based practices that contextualize Buddhist and African/African-American spirituality wisdoms. In 2016-2017, Stephanie’s project, “Practical Empowerment: Building Contemplative Communities With Student of Color” funded by a grant from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, served as a think tank for faculty of color from six institutions focusing on the value of contemplative communities on college campuses informed by African/African-American practices for creating safe, academic spaces.
Stephanie has served as a coach for the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work’s “Building an Anti-Racist Team” and created racially sensitive self-care programs for the STEM Women of Color Conclave, Howard University Hospital and the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM where she continues to design programs. She developed practices to address how to build an anti-racist theater for the Kennedy Center’s College Theater Festival and her TEDx Talk, “Developing Empathy as Practice,” shares her use of empathy through contemplative art practices in her English Composition courses.
Having developed a program of yoga and tap dance, called “Tapping into Yoga” for the University of Virginia, Stephanie continues working creatively using sound work, tap dance and other forms of rhythmic movement, and a variety of contemplative arts forms as healing justice practices. She currently sits of the boards of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and the Coalition for Community Writing.