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David Trachtenberg Adjunct Instructor Health Studies

Dave Trachtenberg is a mindfulness teacher & mentor, restorative justice educator, cross-cultural dialog facilitator, and inclusive leadership coach with over 20 years of experience practicing mindfulness.

He has dedicated his life to integrating mindfulness & well-being with inclusion & social justice, creating communities that honor our collective wisdom, celebrate our identities, and embody the courage and humility needed to create a more welcoming society.

Currently - Dave facilitates mindfulness & restorative justice at American University (School of Education, Department of Health Studies), serves on the Peace of Mind Advisory Board, facilitates cross-cultural dialog with Soliya, helps organizations design more inclusive cultures with Appreciative Inquiry & Inclusive Leadership, and has helped people flourish as a mindfulness mentor & wellness coach for 13 years.

Previously - Dave had the honor to serve with five different mindfulness in education nonprofits: Program Director of Minds Inc. (serving over 18,000 educators, students and parents in Washington DC), and as a guiding teacher for Mindful Schools, Mindfulness First, Millennium Forum, Peace of Mind. He has also facilitated mindfulness and restorative justice in Washington DC, Montgomery County (MD), and Fairfax County (VA) public schools.

Dave has trained with The Engaged Mindfulness Institute, MBSR, Mindful Schools, Restorative Justice in Education, Soliya, The Academy of Guided Imagery, Tai-Chi in the Cheng Man-Ching lineage, earned an M.S. Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University, and is completing an M.S. Integrative Health & Wellness from the Creighton University School of Medicine.
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Spring 2024

  • EDU-708 Bldng Teams/Growth Cultr Pract

Summer 2024

  • EDU-696 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring

  • EDU-796 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Mindfulness and Social Justice

  • EDU-796 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Mindfulness and Social Justice