About Mindful UCLA

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Mindfulness is the basic human capacity to be fully present.  Mindful awareness practices help us develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences in an open, accepting and compassionate way.  A growing body of research literature supports the benefits of mindfulness to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, mitigate depression, anxiety and ADHD, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

Mindful UCLA is an initiative that promotes resilience, well-being, compassion, and connection on campus through mindfulness-related programming and events. Our commitment is to offering transformative experiences based in evidence and designed to foster growth, health, and strength within and among the diverse communities on the UCLA campus.

For more information on Mindful UCLA, please contact Program Director, Dr. Allyson Pimentel at apimentel@orl.ucla.edu.

MIndful UCLA Offers:

THE MINDFUL AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

  • The Mindful Ambassadors program provides in-depth, scientifically-supported mindfulness training to students who wish to establish and/or deepen their own practice of mindfulness and use their skills to be of service to others on campus. Mindful Ambassadors cultivate a mindful and compassionate presence within themselves and their communities. They are knowledgeable about the various mindfulness offerings available to students and receive training in bringing mindfulness-based experiences to their residence halls, organizations, classrooms, and elsewhere on and off campus. Inspired by a social justice framework, Mindful Ambassadors explore ways in which mindfulness practice can be transformative individually and societally, and are committed to the common flourishing of all people. If you are interested in becoming a Mindful Ambassador, please contact Dr. Allyson Pimentel at apimentel@orl.ucla.edu.

WEEKLY DROP-IN MINDFULNESS MEDITATION SESSIONS

CUSTOMIZED MINDFULNESS WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTATIONS FOR STUDENT GROUPS, FACULTY, AND STAFF

Past workshops have included:

  • Spotlight on Mental Health: Mindful Meditation for Women of Color, sponsored by AKA Sorority, Inc.
  • Stress Management for New Graduate Students, Weyburn Terrace
  • Mindfulness for Insomnia, 3-Session Workshop, Graduate Student Resource Center
  • Mindfulness as an Antidote for Procrastination, 2-Session Workshop, Graduate Student Resource Center
  • Mindfulness for Relaxation, Campus & Student Resilience
  • Mindfulness at Midterms, Graduate Student Resource Center

SPECIALIZED TRAINING IN MINDFULNESS FOR MEMBERS OF THE RESILIENCE PEER NETWORK

  • All Resilience Peers receive training in basic mindfulness principles and practices to promote resilience, self-care, and connection. Advanced mindfulness modules are also offered.

THE 5-DAY MINDFULNESS FOR RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

  • Please see the Programs page for information about our Mindfulness Challenges.

MINDFUL UCLA NEWSLETTER

The Mindful UCLA newsletter contains information about mindfulness offerings in and around campus.  Please see the Mindful UCLA resource page for past and current issues of our newsletter.  You may sign up for future issues here: http://eepurl.com/bYb7aP