MINDFULNESS SESSION: Mindfulness Activities to Incorporate into Your Courses (30 mins)


  • Milagros (Millie) Rivera George Mason University
  • Melissa Schreibstein George Mason University, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being




Instructional faculty and our students are living in a time when massive change and stress are at an all-time high. This stress creeps into our classrooms and disrupts learning. Luckily, faculty don’t need to be experts on the science and application of well-being to support their students. In this session, Dr. Milagros (Millie) Rivera from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and Melissa Schreibstein from the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being will teach you how to integrate well-being into your classroom without adding one more item on top of your overflowing plate. Attendees will learn a few simple and quick well-being activities that can be relied on in virtual and in-person environments to promote focus and centered learning.

Author Biography

Milagros (Millie) Rivera, George Mason University

Dr Rivera leads efforts to implement and strengthen institutional initiatives around Mason’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. She is also a senior scholar with the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Before joining Mason, Dr. Rivera was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Science at the University of the Free State in South Africa, where she also held the role of Interim Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. She was also the Founding Chair of the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) at the National University of Singapore. In addition, she held faculty positions at the University of Florida and Indiana University-Bloomington.





FRIDAY 2:30pm-3:00pm