Cultivating Community Involvement, Advocacy, and Social Change through FAU's Barb Schmidt Fellowship

Karen J Leader, Barb Schmidt Fellowship Faculty, Fellows and Alumni
Current Events / Politics

Course Description

What can we learn from young people who set out to change the world? The Barb Schmidt Fellowship aims to provide high school student leaders with a platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to initiate, execute, and sustain a social movement. The fellowship gives students hands on experience through peer mentorship and workshops led by social influencers and FAU faculty. Students learn key professional and technical skills that are essential for driving social change. All of this is underpinned by a strong ethos of mindfulness, the necessity for activism to include self-care and sustainable expenditures of physical and emotional energy, in order to have maximum impacts. Join the program’s leaders, along with current and alumni fellows, as they share their fellowship experiences on how young organizers and leaders are empowered, how what is learned is taken out into communities, and how you might join them. Visit for more information about the Barb Schmidt Fellowship at FAU. 

About the Instructor

  • Karen J. Leader is Associate Professor of Art History and Faculty Associate in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley and her MA and Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her areas of interest include art and popular culture in the 19th-21th centuries, feminist theory and practice, and the history and future of the discipline of art history, the humanities, and higher education. She directs the Barb Schmidt Fellowship: Cultivating Community Involvement, Activism and Social Change.
    Michelle Maros is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life’s Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings in Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world.  

    A practitioner of mindfulness and meditation for over 30 years, Barb Schmidt is the author of the internationally bestselling book The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness. In 2011, she founded the non-profit organization Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life. Her mission was to bring mindfulness teachings to the community in the belief that outer peace begins through inner peace. Currently she has programs teaching mindfulness in local childhood development centers, high schools, universities, college athletic programs, and transitional programs for young adults with autism.

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