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2021 Mindfulness Fellow 

Zoya Kobets

Middlebury College Student Class of ‘23
Independent Scholar in Contemplative Studies

The Mindfulness Summer Fellowship was established as a one-year initiative to gather some of the history, collect the stories, inventory the resources, tabulate the faculty and staff participants, and curate a webpage that would connect these various entities and activities, as well as provide resources for the multiple uses and approaches to mindfulness within higher education. As such, it will become a “cooperative” of sorts.

During the summer of 2021 Zoya Kobets has created this “Mindfulness” webpage. Zoya has collaborated and met with faculty, staff, and departments across campus to formulate resources on mindfulness. Zoya has established programing through orientation, current clubs, classes, and Compass. She continues her involvement into the Fall semester of 2021. 

The goal has been to create a webpage that can live on the college website to serve as a resource to anyone interested in learning about the meaning behind mindfulness at Middlebury.

As someone who dove into Mindfulness independently about five years ago, I am passionate about its effects on my life. I’ve found mindfulness techniques to not only be helpful for stress-reduction and concentration but encouraging an overall more holistic, balanced, and open perspective on life and emotions. I can also only claim to be a beginner, I am no expert. My hope is that by sharing information and resources to mindfulness our community will cultivate more connections and space for caring for one another. 

Contact me at 

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
46 South Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-5626