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Nkechi Deanna Njaka ’05 Selected as the 2017 Lois Langland Alumna-in-Residence

February 23, 2017

Residency Program: Authentic + Radical Presence: A Practice for Living Fully Present + Fully Self-Expressed

The Lois Langland Alumna-in-Residence (LLAiR) program is a unique opportunity for an alumna to share her professional and life experiences with the Scripps College campus community. It is named in honor of Lois Langland, a poet and Scripps professor of psychology emerita. Lois devoted her career to encouraging creativity, individuality, and leading from one’s strengths. These remain central values to the College and residency.

Each spring, the LLAiR program allows students, faculty, staff, and alumnae the opportunity to create rich experiences, learning from and collaborating with the alumna-in-residence. Each residency program is constructed by the alumna, utilizing innovative platforms and techniques meant to facilitate intimate opportunities for engagement.

Nkechi Deanna Njaka, MSc combines several years of work as a neuroscientist, professional modern dancer, choreographer, and interdisciplinary artist to create an integrated and intentionally-curated experience for students, faculty, and staff at Scripps. She is a self-identified, multi-ethnic woman of color, deeply concerned about personal and global well-being. Nkechi’s work is devoted to enhancing the intersection of neuroscience and art, serving as a vehicle for radical presence and progressive wellness.

Graduating from Scripps College in 2005, Nkechi majored in neuroscience and dance. She later earned her Master of Science in neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh. Nkechi is the founder of NDN lifestyle studio and the co-founder of Sitting Matters.

Nkechi will be at Scripps College from March 2-5, 2017. Her residency program will include somatic classes, guided meditation sits, leadership coaching, and movement sessions for self-expression and self-empowerment. Below, you will find information on her program schedule:

 

IN PRACTICE: MEDITATION + INQUIRY

Thursday, March 2 – Sunday, March 5 (9:00 – 9:30 am)

Sallie Tiernan Field House, Room 109

 

IN MOTION: MINDFUL MOVEMENT + YOGA

Thursday, March 2 – Saturday, March 4 (11:00 – 11:30 am)

Sallie Tiernan Field House, Room 109

 

PRACTICE + PROGRESS: LUNCH + LIFE LECTURE

Thursday, March 2 (Noon – 1:00 pm)

Hampton Room

 

FROM STILLNESS TO ACTION: A MINDFUL DINNER & DISCUSSION

Thursday, March 2 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)

Balch Conference, Room 133

 

1:1 COACHING WITH STUDENTS

Friday, March 3 (3:00 – 6:00 pm)

Career Planning & Resources, Conference Room

 

EVENING MEDITATION

Friday, March 3 (8:00 – 9:00 pm)

Toll Hall, Living Room

 

PROCESS + PRACTICE: A MINDFUL PERFORMANCE, CURATED BY NKECHI NJAKA

Saturday, March 4 (7:30 – 9:00 pm)

The Motley

 

AUTHENTIC + RADICAL PRESENCE: A PRACTICE FOR LIVING FULLY PRESENT + FULLY SELF-EXPRESSED

Sunday, March 5 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)

Hosted by Karen Marston Albanese ’92

Note: Please register for this event using the link below. This event will take place off-campus.

 

Events are free and open to the public. In some sessions, seating is limited and priority will be given to students. For more information, visit our LLAiR webpage for program details and registration information.

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