Mindful USC

Message to USC Faculty, Staff, and Students

From: Elizabeth A. Graddy, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Varun Soni, Vice Provost for Campus Wellbeing and Crisis Intervention, Dean of Religious Life

September 3, 2019

USC is an inspiring place to teach and learn, but amid the constant whirlwind of activity and information, it can be challenging to feel fully present in our lives and in our work. As a way of proactively creating a culture of well-being on campus, we launched Mindful USC six years ago as a secular, university-wide initiative focused on positive health outcomes and learning experiences for our university community, especially in terms of stress reduction, workplace happiness, emotional intelligence, and artistic expression. Indeed, research studies have shown that mindfulness practices help us to be aware of ourselves in ways that increase attentiveness in the classroom, deepen the quality of teaching and learning, encourage creativity and innovation, and improve our ability to collaborate effectively.

Accordingly, Mindful USC offers free courses for students, faculty, and staff, and since its inception, more than 6,000 members of our university community have taken a mindfulness course on campus. The overwhelming majority of participants report significant improvements in terms of addressing stress and anxiety, and in developing more meaningful interpersonal relationships.

This semester, we are pleased to offer two sessions of the popular courses Mindfulness LabMindful CreativityMindful WritingMindful Parenting, and Mindful Self-Compassion. We are also pleased to offer two new well-being courses: Click! – cultivating healthy friendships and relationships and Sleep – developing healthy sleeping habits and perspectives. The first session starts on September 9 and the second session begins on October 21.

If you are interested in taking any of these free courses on campus, enrollment is open now at the Mindful USC website. If you are an online student, or if you are unable to attend a course in person, please visit our free online, on-demand course offerings. And we encourage everyone to download our free Mindful USC app from the Apple Store or Google Play, which offers guided meditations and other mindfulness resources.

For more information about Mindful USC, please contact mindful@usc.edu.

Cc: Carol L. Folt
Academic Senate
Academic Deans
President’s Cabinet
Provost’s Cabinet