Nalika Gajaweera

Nalika Gajaweera is a research associate and anthropologist with the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. She studies Buddhism, transnationalism and religious innovation, and she’s written about the mindfulness movement in the U.S.

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Scott A. Mitchell

Scott A. Mitchell is a professor of Buddhist studies and dean of student and faculty affairs at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif. He also serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Buddhism in the West unit.

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Ronald Purser

Ronald Purser is a professor of management at San Francisco State University, where he researches corporate mindfulness programs and the challenges of introducing mindfulness training into secular settings. He is an ordained Zen dharma teacher.

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Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan became famous for launching and leading the Search Inside Yourself mindfulness course at Google for his fellow employees. He now leads the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and writes and speaks about the value of mindfulness training.

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Katie Sorrell

Katie Sorrell is the interfaith wellness director for the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Community Health. In 2017, the center partnered with local Muslim groups to reduce food waste during Ramadan.

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Sarah Jawaid

Sarah Jawaid is a leadership coach and community organizer who has worked on issues such as housing, criminal justice and the environment. She has spoken about the links between practicing Islam and caring for the environment.

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Ameena Jandali

Ameena Jandali is a content manager and trainer for the Islamic Networks Group, which combats Islamophobia by educating people about Islam and organizing interfaith events. She also teaches courses on Islam and women in the Middle East at the City College of San Francisco. Arrange an interview through Ishaq Pathan.

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Rachel B. Gross

Rachel B. Gross is an assistant professor of American Jewish studies at San Francisco State University. Her research interests include American religion, Jewish history and food.

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