SBS Compassion Project

The SBS Compassion Project was established to bring the academic and civic communities of northern Arizona together to not only help raise awareness about the importance of compassion, as well as learn about the relevance of compassion to every day issues.

Come to the fourth annual NAU Living Compassion Conference!  This year's conference theme is "Teaching Compassion: A Value for Life."

The 2016 Living Compassion Conference will be held at NAU in the DuBois Center from 8:00-4:00 pm. The conference program includes talks and hands-on workshop sessions. 

There are no registration fees and lunch and snacks are provided.  However,there is a small fee for parking on the NAU campus.

Highlights of 2016 Conference Program

8:00 am  Sign-In (no fee)

8:20 Welcome by Dr. Karen Pugliesi, Dean. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

8:30-9:30  Teaching with Compassion: Training the Mind to Teach with the Heart. Dr. Janine Schipper (NAU Sociology and Social Work) and Dr. Peter Kaufman (Sociology, SUNY New Palz).

9:45-10:45 The Value of Compassion over Mere Sentiment. Dr. George Rudebusch and Dr. Julie Piering (NAU Department of Philosophy). Introduction by James Joiner, PhD (NAU Department of Philosophy)

11:00-12:00 noon   Dr. Carole Mandino, Director of SBS Civic Service Institute.

12:15-1:15 pm  Poster Session / Lunch with Researchers, Community Members, and Education Partners in Flagstaff

1:30-2:30 pm  Four Concurrent Workshops (pick one!): Dr. Ann Collier (NAU Psychological Sciences) on Creativity and Compassion; Rachel Garmon (Sedona) on non-violent communication; David McCain, MA (Flagstaff) on communicating with the heart and compassionate speech; and Steve Williamson (Sedona, KAZM) on the politics of compassion.

2:45-3:45 pm Cassandra Dakan, MA (NAU Honors Program) and Heidi Wayment, PhD (NAU Psychological Sciences) on learning about the compassionate life and self-identity (What Good is a Compassionate Self-Identity?)

3:45 Conference Ends


If you are interested in presenting your compassion-related research or information about your community organization/services, please submit the required information, including a 60 word description and contact information. We have space for approximately 20  posters / presentations spaces.  The submission Deadline is March 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning January 15, 2016. 

Send the following to

Subject Heading: Application for Compassion Conference Poster

In your email:

1) Your name and affiliation

2) If you are a student, your NAU faculty advisor's name

3) Title of Research Poster or Community Program/Agency

4) 60 word abstract (for research) or description (community program)

If your poster application is accepted, you will be notified and sent further instructions about poster size, set up times, and other relevant information!