Among many publications on issues of diversity, equity, and cultural inclusion, I am the author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, 2014), already in its second printing. My new book, The Mindfulness Effect, is now available for purchase! Also, check out The Mindfulness Effect Journal & Practice Planner, which accompanies the book and will not only provide you with a place to reflect on the practices in the book, but also guides you through creating your own plan for incorporating mindfulness into your life. 

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The Mindfulness Effect

How can mindfulness change your life, and your impact on the world? In addition to challenging and dismantling systemic inequalities we are facing globally, we must also reflect on ourselves, our life’s purpose, and the effect our social identities have on us and on others. Unpacking our social conditioning and the systemic inequalities that frame society allows us to discover what might be keeping us from fulfilling our life’s potential and from deeply connecting with others. Building authentic relationships across cultural differences is an antidote to social injustice, provides us with a sense of belonging, and paves the way for a richer, more rewarding life. Offering 25 mindfulness practices and activities, The Mindfulness Effect provides specific strategies for healing, empowerment, and social justice so that we can live our lives fully and freely, with intention, connection, excellence, innovation, and meaning.

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The Mindfulness Effect Journal and Practice Planner

This book can help you take your mindfulness practice to the next level, and make it your own. To make the most of your journey through The Mindfulness Effect: an unexpected path to healing, connection, & social justice (Night River Press, 2018), this journal and practice planner provides the prompts from each of the practices and activities in the book, and offers the space to reflect and respond to them. By taking the time to reflect on your experience, you gain the opportunity to access deep insights you might otherwise have missed. Journaling is the first step to unlock your unlimited potential for healing, self-empowerment, culturally inclusive leadership, social and environmental justice. The practice planner offers a rating system for each practice in the book and provides prompts to help you decide exactly how you would like to incorporate mindfulness in your life. It concludes with your tailored plan for doing so!

The Culturally Inclusive Educator

The Culturally Inclusive Educator asks educators to consider what they can do differently to create a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting environment for the 21st century. Based on the author’s national research and consulting work, this book examines the discrepancy between the current educational cultural climate and the need for educators and their institutions to prepare for a growing multicultural population. It asks what constitutes effective preparation, and provides guidance on overcoming personal and institutional challenges to cultural inclusiveness (stereotype threat, microaggressions, colorblindness/identity-blindness, implicit bias, among others). Samuels begins with the challenges facing the higher education community and then offers 8 transformative steps to help build cultural inclusiveness that any educator teaching any subject can utilize to increase their effectiveness. Culturally inclusive leadership is highlighted as the model for educators and institutions to embrace to become successful in today’s world.

The Matrix Reader


The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege promotes a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching race, class, gender, and sexuality. This approach introduces readers to core social identities and demonstrates how those identities are intersecting, multidimensional, and complex. Unlike most books of its kind, The Matrix Reader highlights the duality of privilege and oppression and the effects that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on our lives. This reader includes poems, reflective literary prose, overviews of key historical themes, discussion of particular historical events and documents, images drawn from the media, contemporary statistics of inequalities, visual images, and tools that empower readers to become agents for social change.

Teaching Race, Gender, Class & Sexuality: A Teaching Guide for The Matrix Reader

This free downloadable teaching guide was designed for educators who are using The Matrix Reader in their classes. It is useful for any educator as it provides strategies for incorporating the topics of diversity and inclusiveness into the classroom or workshop, and includes techniques for managing emotions and for encountering resistance. 

This book is included with the purchase of The Matrix Reader and we will send you a copy with your purchase.

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