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Michelle Chatman

Founding Director , Integrate Mindfulness, LLC

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Location: Fort Washington, MD
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


Michelle C. Chatman, PhD, (she/her/hers) is an associate professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and director of the Violence Prevention and Community Wellness Initiative at UDC. As a sociocultural anthropologist, she researches gentrification and urban inequality, Black family wellbeing, youth justice, and healing-centered social change. She is an alumnus of the Transformative Educational Leaders program and the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program where she designed and piloted a mindfulness-based youth violence prevention program (Project Youth MIND). Chatman has led and contributed to various critical studies including the Ancestral Computing for Sustainability (ACS) study, funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Yale University Study on Diversity in Student Well-Being.

With over 30 years of experience in urban education, the arts, and community development, she is committed to advancing health equity and thriving for Black families. She has lectured broadly on mindfulness and contemplative approaches for social justice. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement. She has delivered two TEDx talks, “How Africa Changed My Life” and “Healing the Harm in Schools,” along with numerous other public lectures and presentations. She serves on the Advisory Committee for Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC) and is the founding director of the Mindfulness and Courageous Action (MICA) Lab at UDC, which advances healing-centered approaches to learning, service, and leadership. Chatman earned both her master’s in Applied Anthropology and PhD in Cultural Anthropology at American University.

Future Focus

Chatman serves as the founding director of Integrate Mindfulness, LLC, which offers transformative services in leadership development, women’s empowerment, contemplative coaching, and meeting facilitation. At the heart of their work lies a holistic ethos emphasizing racial healing, cultural relevance, and social justice.

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