For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He completed his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University.
After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Angel began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing; including as part of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School.
Angel continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others.
In this conversation we discuss:
[2:57] Being with the world of Covid, elections, and chaos.
[7:27] Angel growing up with the value of hard work and strong work ethics, instilled by his family.
[10:57] Moving around alot in early life, changing schools, and learning how to connect with new people.
[14:15] Getting into anthropology.
[18:20] From anthropology to leadership studies.
[19:45] Working on expanding opportunities in education.
[27:40] Growing interest in mindfulness and healing practices.
[36:12] Angel's research, looking at the connection of healing practices with racial literacy and racial justice education.
[52:03] About white participants in the group staying committed despite their discomfort, and showing up.
[56:10] The 400 Years of Inequality Project.
[1:07:05] The future of trauma healing.
[1:11:02] Designing for equity, and overcoming old systems designed out of racism and prejudice.