Document Type

Audio File

Publication Date

Fall 2016


Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri, one of CIIS’ founding visionaries, was the first to apply principles of integral education to higher education anywhere in the world. While he wrote and lectured on this topic, his efforts were largely practiced through development of CIIS. A fully developed conceptual and practical paradigm for a whole-person educations at CIIS is in the early and exciting stages of development. The Center for Integral Teaching and Learning (CITL) is a new initiative dedicated to the research and development of an emerging and comprehensive model of integral education. This event will cover a range of topics in integral education through panel discussions, experiential exercises, and sharing of current best practices by faculty and scholars dedicated to living the vision of integral education at CIIS.



Bahman A.K. Shirazi, PhD, is CIIS archivist and historian, as well as adjunct faculty in ICP and EWP programs. He has worked in various administrative positions at CIIS for over twenty years, including several years as Director of Graduate Studies, and has taught at Dominican University, John F. Kennedy University, and Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Bahman has published a number of book chapters and articles on various topics in integral psychology, integral education and integrative research methodology, and has served as guest editor for ReVision and Integral Review journals.

Debashish Banerji, PhD, is the Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of South Asian Philosophy and Culture and the Doshi Professor of Asian Art at CIIS. Prior to this, he served as Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics at the University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles and has taught as adjunct faculty in Art History at the Pasadena City College, University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine. He is presently the Executive Director of Nalanda International, based in Los Angeles. Banerji has curated a number of exhibitions of Indian and Japanese art. He has edited a book on the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and is the author of two books: The Alternate Nation of Abanindranath Tagore, and Seven Quartets of Becoming: A Transformational Yoga Psychology.

Alzak Amlani, PhD, is core faculty in the Integral Counseling Program at CIIS and a practicing psychologist with a transpersonal orientation in San Francisco. He teaches "Multi-cultural Counseling," "Inquiry into True Nature," and other courses and also supervises MFT interns at CIIS. He has presented at conferences in India and Russia and also teaches in China through the CIIS China Project. His areas of research include: the intersection of diverse human experiences and identities with psychotherapy, spirituality and culture; embodied spirituality; the enneagram; integral approaches to education; and the role of food and ecology in healing and inner realization.

Heidi Fraser Hageman, PhD, is passionate about lifelong learning, teaching that nurtures student development along multiple lines of intelligence simultaneously, research in higher education concerning student learning objectives and outcomes, and progressive models of educating. While studying towards her doctorate she held many student service roles. Upon graduating in May 2015, she accepted a full-time program manager position with the East-West Psychology department, as well as multiple adjunct opportunities

Charlotte María Sáenz, Ed.M, MFA, has over 20 years of experience working globally in schools, streets, universities, refugee camps, autonomous zones and traveling college programs. She collaborates with others to produce collective knowledge and connect people to new social action. In her native Mexico, she collaborates with Universidad de la Tierra Chiapas, every year bringing various student and faculty groups to the Indigenous Center for Integral Learning (CIDECI). She works on building transnational local solidarity through popular co-education initiatives between farmers, activist scholars and organizers in Zapatista, Basque and Palestinian territories.

Alec MacLeod, MFA, is a Professor in Undergraduate Studies. His primary areas of preparation are in the studio arts, art theory and information science. His interdisciplinary creative and scholarly inquiries range from explorations of English language colloquialisms to the visual conventions of interfaces and white supremacy. As an educator, Alec has used participatory collaborative methods of inquiry to explore the ways in which pedagogical approaches can assist learners in examining and changing their assumptions about race and ethnicity.

Zara Zimbardo, MA, has been a body-based therapist for the last twenty years both in private practice and community health centers. She is a presenter and published writer on topics of the social construction of whiteness, critical media literacy, Islamophobia, subversion of stereotypes in a time of war, social justice comedy, modern monsters and the zombie apocalypse, and representations of gender, race, consumerism and U.S. imperialism/militarism. Her work is influenced by frameworks of critical pedagogy, postcolonial studies, feminist praxis and popular education that seek to make forms of shared knowledge and experience more conscious.

Jeremie Zulaski, MA, is faculty in SCT where he co-instructs both academic writing classes through the Center for Writing and Scholarship, as well as Academic Foundations: Academic Writing and Scholarship. As program coordinator for CWS, he assists the CIIS community in meeting their goals for academic success while encouraging the development of future integral educators. Areas of his research include integral pedagogy, multimodal literacy, and holistic ways of knowing.