2021 Student Leadership Symposium: Mobilizing Hope 2021 Student Leadership Symposium: Mobilizing Hope

Workshop 2: Contemplative practices and the pedagogy of hope (Invite-Only)


Christine Slavik
University of the Fraser Valley, Department Head and Professor

Christine Slavik is Department Head and an Associate Professor in the Child, Youth, and Family Studies Department at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and was previously the Director of Child Life at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. In her early career she was employed as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor, and a nurse in psychiatry/mental health. Christine holds a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry Facilitation and is a Certified Trainer of the Appreciative Leadership Development Program. She is a Qualified Facilitator in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts. She developed and teaches the Wellness and Mindfulness-Based Practices course which is required in the CYC degree program and is open to students across the university. Christine has completed a series of research projects exploring mindfulness-based practices and contemplative pedagogy in both the K-12 and university settings. Her doctoral dissertation focused on relationships,  dialogue, and generative conversations that inspire people towards action. Christine completed her Labyrinth Facilitator training through Veriditas, and was instrumental in the development of a permanent labyrinth installation on the grounds of UFV’s Abbotsford campus. 

Across cultures, world views and across time, human beings have utilized contemplative practices to focus, build, and deepen conscious awareness, and cultivate their potential to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Contemplative pedagogy infuses teaching & learning with the experience of introspection and reflection that fosters internalization and authentic change.  This critical, first-person wondering, can be transformative in the development of equanimity, empathy, and compassion.  How might the qualities of hope inform new and future possibilities in social and organizational contexts?  This workshop will support and enact personal vocabularies of hope, nourishing positive sentiment and generative action.  Participants will engage in guided mindfulness-based meditation practice to support insight and discovery.