Meet Dena

Mindfulness-Based
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Author, Speaker, Leadership Trainer & Transformation Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dena Samuels, PhD, serves as a mindfulness-based diversity, equity, and inclusion author, speaker, leadership trainer, and consultant. As an award-winning tenured professor, Dr. Samuels taught at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs for 20 years while consulting nationally and internationally. She now consults full-time on mindful, inclusive leadership development, and remains on faculty at the university. Author of several books and many other publications, her passions include inspiring people to raise their personal and social awareness to live more fulfilling, connected, and meaningful lives; and assisting organizations, campuses, and corporations in building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures. Her community activism focuses on facilitating cross-racial dialogue.

Dena Samuels
Dr. Dena Samuels

At heart, I am an educator with a passion for increasing your connection and sense of belonging in the world. I am also a springboard to help you reach your own and your organization’s inspired potential.

Dena Samuels

Extended Biography

Author

My books and articles use research to explore and promote social justice, belonging, and mindfulness. Check out my books, a few of my articles, and download my extended biography below for more information about my publications.

Educator

As a tenured professor, I taught Women’s & Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. I now bring 20 years of teaching experience to full-time consulting! Download my extended biography below for more information about my teaching experience.

Coach

I offer one-on-one executive coaching to individuals who are looking to take their lives and their careers to the next level! Download my extended biography for more information about my coaching experience.

Volunteer

 I believe in giving back to the community and practicing what I teach. Download my extended biography below for more information about my volunteer experience.

Rates for Services

At DSC, presentations, workshops, and trainings are tailored to each individual client, and whenever possible, tailored to each client’s available resources. Set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Samuels to design the perfect presentation (or series of presentations) for your organization, and to receive a quote.

Mindful about Money: our Financial Redistribution Policy

At DSC, we are committed to social justice and equity in organizations, on campuses, and throughout society. Our work focuses on shifting culture to create more inclusive environments where everyone feels like they belong. A critical aspect of social justice is equal access to financial stability. Based on US Census data, wealth has grown for members of historically privileged groups (white people, gender-normative males, heterosexuals, non-disabled people, etc.), while members of historically marginalized groups (people of color, all women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and others) have less access to financial stability.

Because so many members of historically marginalized groups experience systemic oppression and financial insecurity in the United States on a daily basis, we must work to level the playing field. Much work needs to be done in this vein. Whenever possible, we must use our resources and our opportunities to create/transform laws and policies, shift culture, and find ways for cross-cultural healing in our communities.

With this goal in mind, when a DSC client is able to pay our standard fees, 10% of all net proceeds will be invested in organizations that are making strides in social justice. These organizations are owned and/or run by people of color or Native Americans, who may also be part of or working closely with communities with less access to resources: women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and others.

This DSC policy is one small redistribution practice on the path toward positive social change, social justice, and equitable opportunities for all.

Organizations we will be investing in

WINNING PROTECTIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS
Our goal is to win citizenship, permanent protections and dignity for immigrants in the U.S. and to defeat racist, anti-immigrant policies.

TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people—inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers—creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.

A fiercely faith-based, Black womxn-led, racial justice organization focused on Black healing and Black liberation.

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote.

Let’s cultivate a healthy, equitable food system

Diné CARE is located on the Navajo Nation and is a non-profit organization that works with many Navajo communities affected by energy and environmental issues.

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