About Mindful USC

Mindful USC is a new university-wide initiative launching in Fall 2014 to make mindfulness practices integral to the culture of the Trojan Family. It will offer ongoing training, practice groups, faculty workshops, media resources, research, and special events. It will encourage meditative and contemplative practice for faculty, staff, and students in all disciplines, departments, and domains of the university.

To be mindful is to be:


to know what is happening right now in the changing flow of experience


receptive and non-judgemental to what is happening right now


to respond with self-compassion to whatever arises

A whirlwind of activity and information swirls ceaselessly at a global research university like ours. The opportunities for distraction are endless. In this sea of data and dense web of relationships, it is challenging to be fully present in our lives and in our work.

Mindfulness practices help us to be aware of ourselves in ways that lead to stress reduction and workplace happiness. They increase attentiveness in the classroom, deepen the quality of teaching and learning, and encourage creativity and innovation. They improve our ability to collaborate effectively and they enhance physical and mental wellness. And they help us to discover the universe at the university.

The people behind the initiative