In the spirit of the holidays we would like to enthusiastically introduce you to the next wave of CIHS news. We are expanding the scope of this newsletter to not only include events hosted by CIHS and the Center for LIfelong Learning, but also any and all of the amazing work, research, education, and community engagement that is being done by our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and organization as a whole. As you know, CIHS’s core mission is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the mind, body, spirit connection, and the individual’s role in cultivating a better society. Since its inception, the university continues to be an innovative and collaborative leader in progressing integral higher education. Having achieved accreditation this year, CIHS has become the only accredited university headquartered in the City of Encinitas, and we are delighted to network and collaborate with the local community in multiple ways.
We look forward to sharing more of what CIHS has been up to with you in 2022!
Announcing CIHS’ Director of Outcomes Assessment

We are delighted to announce that on November 8, Ester Rogers has been appointed to serve as CIHS’ Director of Outcomes Assessment.
Ms. Rogers is an established professional who has served in leadership roles in university assessment, accreditation and institutional research.
She is a graduate of the renowned WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC) Assessment Leadership Academy, and she has served as an assistant chair and as a reviewer on multiple WSCUC accreditation review teams.
Ester is passionate about the importance to higher education of developing novel and innovative assessment methods for the uniquely integrative mission of CIHS’ programs.
The search and interview committee unanimously recommended Ms. Rogers for this important position at CIHS.
Please join us in welcoming Ester Rogers aboard! She can be reached at

2021 Annual Conference of the Society for Consciousness Studies
Saturday, 12/18 9am-5:30pm EST
Please join us for this exciting online event, featuring several CIHS affiliated presenters, including Deepak Chopra and CIHS President, Dr. Thomas Brophy.
The Society for Consciousness Studies is a professional scholarly organization that honors work of quality from any authentic scholarly tradition. The purpose of the organization is to bring together scholars and academic researchers interested in sharing ideas and approaches to the study of consciousness, with a preference for new paradigmatic approaches. The Society provides a safe and brave space for researchers to share cutting edge theories and findings.
Meeting ID: 825 5300 7181
Passcode: 924742
Dean of Student Success:
Naira Yeghain
Naira is an educational leader with over 15 years of dedicated experience in developing, implementing and assessing student support programs with focus on student success, growth and wellbeing. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with students from all walks of life and has played an integral role in bringing their different backgrounds, views, knowledge, talents, energies and perspectives to create rich intellectual and spiritual communities at different institutions

CIHS Featured
Sharing Research and
Knowledge for Global Education
Recently, CIHS presenters were featured at a unique forward
thinking conference on integral education hosted by the Faculty of Education of Beijing
Normal University. Sponsored by the journal Beijing International Review of Education
(BIRE), this conference presents highlights of papers from a forthcoming BIRE special
issue and book volume.
CIHS presenters included Trustee Joseph Subbiondo who Co-Chairs the sessions on
Integral Education and Integral Drama Based Pedagogy, Dean for Integral Education
Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, and CIHS President, Thomas Brophy.
Keynote themes also include the educational component of China’s Belt and Road
Initiative, “the New Silk Road”.

New Development Marketing Communications Coordinator: Nicole Riel
Nicole Riel, Development and Marketing Coordinator
Hi there, I wanted to let you know that I'm the new voice behind these newsletters. I'm super excited to get to know the CIHS community and share all of the amazing things that this institution is doing in our local and global communities and beyond! I'm passionate about health, wellness, holistic living, sustainability, and connecting the mind, body, and spirit. For 10 years I ran a wellness-focused small business and was a leader in my local community. I have a passion for community, authentic relationships, and bringing people together to foster individual and collective growth. At CIHS I'll bring you social media engagement, donor appreciation, fundraising initiatives, and event management. I'm also the mother of 3 young children, love the beach, baking, cooking, home improvement projects, gardening, and living a life of presence. Please hit reply if you would like to have any questions about CIHS, would like to donate, or to connect with me personally!
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