Program for the 2021 PDI


Monday, January 11th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Restoring Our Attention
Katya Stewart-Sweeney,Toni-Lee Viney
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
With permission from The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE), Katya Stewart-Sweeney and Toni-Lee Viney, will share a webinar by Beck Tench, "Restoring Our Attention" and facilitate a discussion after the viewing. Through her webinar, Beck Tench invites us to develop skills and a greater capacity for accessing personal wisdom; connect with others through compassion and friendship, improve the quality of our lives through awareness of life as we’re living it, and mitigate or minimize the harms of attention-driven digital culture. At a time of pandemic and civil unrest, many of us are glued to our devices, doom-scrolling with anticipation for the worst to come. How do we use technology wisely? In this webinar, she shares a look at the market forces that incentivize technology to distract and manipulate us. We’ll consider the consequences of chronic distraction across individuals and society as a whole. And then we’ll look to attention restoration theory (ART) for ideas about what to do differently. (excerpted from Katya Stewart-Sweeney serves as Graduate and International Student Advisor for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has been with CSU since 2002. She has served on CSU’s Center for Mindfulness Leadership Team for the last five years. Toni-Lee Viney serves as the Manager for Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has been a part of CSU since 2006. She has taught yoga for nine years and is pursuing additional training on yoga therapeutics. Toni-Lee recently launched a new yoga business called Best Day Ever Yoga where she supports clients with meeting their yoga goals, managing pain, and addressing women’s health issues.
Goals and Target Audience:
CSU employees