Skip to main content

Episode 2 - Teach & Learn

How Mindfulness Can Help Reduce Burnout with Dr. Michelle C. Chatman

Join us for episode 2 of our new podcast, where we discuss mindfulness and burnout with Dr. Michelle C. Chatman.

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Apple Podcasts

Episode Description

In today’s episode, we talk mindfulness and mindset and how both can help students, teachers and educational administrators manage and reduce burnout. We welcomed Dr. Michelle C. Chatman, a cultural anthropologist who teaches undergraduate courses on African Spirituality, Culture and Social Justice, and Urban Ethnography, at the University of the District of Columbia. Dr. Chatman and Dr. Ford discussed:

  • How a trip to Africa acted as a catalyst for change in Michelle’s career
  • The differences between mindfulness, mindset and contemplative approaches
  • The creation of the Youth Mindfulness Integration for Nonviolence Development (M.I.N.D) program
  • Challenging internalized racism, biases and sexism in underrepresented student communities
  • Why teachers shouldn’t underestimate what was lost during the pandemic
  • A short, practical mindfulness exercise

Show Notes

  • 02:10: Dr. Michelle C. Chatman’s background
  • 05:30: A primer on mindfulness, mindset and contemplative approaches
  • 09:45: How traveling to The Gambia, West Africa impacted Dr. Chatman’s career path
  • 14:34: The juxtaposition of mindfulness vs. mindset: how are they similar and how are they different?
  • 18:35: The creation of the Youth M.I.N.D program and how it has impacted educators and administrators
  • 23:23: How Youth M.I.N.D helped challenge internalized racism, biases and sexism toward marginalized students
  • 33:38: How educational professionals can address burnout
  • 41:20: Get started with a short mindfulness practice
  • 48:05: What’s next for Michelle and the MICA Lab at UDC
  • 50:45: What’s next for Michelle


View next

An Inclusive Approach to Integrative Learning Design with Jarrett Carter

Episode 3

Join us for episode 3 of our podcast, where we discuss designing inclusive learning experiences with Jarrett Carter.