Program on Empathy, Awareness, and Compassion in Education (PEACE)

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver

Courses for Penn State Students


On the final day of class, students added important concepts they learned to the chalkboard.


Cover art for Be Here Now, by Ram Dass

Arrival Practices for Students

“Let’s take one more deep breath. In with peace and out with stress.”


Arrival practices are designed to settle the body and mind and can be a great start to any class or meeting.

Her classes can have more than 600 students, and the arrival practices build a feeling of shared community and connection — even over Zoom. She starts each semester by telling students that they are welcome to let her know of any issues they are experiencing outside of class that may be affecting their participation in class. She says, “we all know that prevention is the best intervention.”