Dr. Angel Acosta
Contemplative Scholar & Practitioner
For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta (www.drangelacosta.com) has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He completed his doctorate in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Angel has supported educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development. After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Angel 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. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University, Accenture, Salesforce, SYPartners and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience—a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He's a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School. Angel currently serves as the Director of the Garrison Institute Fellowship. He is also the Creative Director at the NYC Healing Collective, a community initiative amplifying people and insights at the intersection of healing, wellness and societal transformation.