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All College Day, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017


All College Day Kick-off

10:00am – 1:30pm

College Center, North Atrium

Join students from Campus Life and Diversity for All College Day mugs, raffled tee-shirts and the Photo Journal, reflecting on Vassar and the lecture’s theme, “Drawing Power from the Center.”

Drawing Power from the Center: All College Day Keynote Lecture:


Villard Room

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

"Drawing Power from the Center"

5:30pm, Villard Room


Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her new book, Radical Dharma (with Jasmine Syedullah and Lama Rod Owens), explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, the second black woman recognized as a teacher in her lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and practice to social issues. She sees Transformative Social Change as America’s next great movement.  She is an early shaper and leading voice in that work and coined the name for the field. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the international Shambhala Community. For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.

Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered by such publications as New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Buddhadharma, Village Voice, and on the Oxygen Channel. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.

Lecture sponsored by the Campus Life and Diversity Office, the Carolyn Grant ‘36 Endowment Fund, Religion, Africana Studies, Sociology, and Campus Life/Religious and Spiritual Life

Closing Reception
6:45 pm

Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor, College Center

Join us for the closing reception and appearances.  Light food and beverages.

Sponsored by the President’s Office, Dean of the College, and Campus Life and Diversity

About All College Day

All College Day is an annual event planned by the Campus Life and Diversity Office. It began in 2001, in response to a racial incident and subsequent campus discussions the previous spring.  A central aim of the day is to encourage reflection and dialogue on matters of campus life and community. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at campuslife@vassar.edu. You may also call (845)437-5426 if you have questions or want more information.