Collective Recovery Amidst COVID-19

NYC Healing Collective is a podcast hosted by Angel Acosta dedicated to amplifying people and insights at the intersection of healing, wellness and societal transformation.

This episode explores a conversation with Mindy Thompson-Fullilove on living through this global pandemic. We explore this “new togetherness” that we are experiencing alongside the different ways to think, feel, and survive through it.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove is a social psychiatrist. She’s a professor of urban policy and health at The New School. Her work primarily focuses on cities. She has written several books, including Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities. Her book Main Street, will be published in October 2020.

For the last decade, Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He is pursuing a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported more than 30,000 educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explores healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development.

After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. As he finishes his doctorate, Angel continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others.

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