The virtual keynote panel discussion, titled “Social Justice and Contemplative Practice: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Oliver Hill, Jr.,” will air live at 2 p.m. on January 17 via Zoom and focus on Hill’s legacy and the ways in which it answers King’s call to end injustice in our own communities. Hill, who passed away on July 7, 2020 and was the son of legendary civil rights attorney Oliver Hill, was a social justice advocate, contemplative practice expert and taught psychology at Virginia State University.
Hill, an incredible teacher, mentor, and community leader, combined his work on contemplative practice with his research, community service and work in the classroom. Hill dedicated his work to building educational pathways for African American youth. He worked with the Southern Institute Algebra Project to help institute the K-16 model for educational support and success for the bottom quartile and ensure that African American students in the region were prepared to enter STEM fields. He was also instrumental in developing a doctoral program in Health Psychology at Virginia State University along with serving as a mentor to so many. All of this work was shaped by his contemplative practice and the use of mindfulness and meditation.
Hill, O., Serpell, Z. & Faison, M. (2016). The efficacy of the LearningRx cognitive training program: Modality and transfer effects.Journal of Experimental Education, 84,600-620.
9/11 to 8/15. Broadening Participation Research Grant: Improving Minority Student Mathematics Performance and Persistence in STEM Majors Through Cognitive Training—HRD-1137535. National Science Foundation, HBCU-UP Program. (PI: Oliver Hill, Jr., Virginia State University, VA). $342,795.
9/09 to 8/12. Assessing the Efficacy of Two Levels of Cognitive Training on the Mathematics Performance of Minority Middle School Students—DRL-0929779. National Science Foundation, REESE Program. (PI: Oliver Hill, Jr., Virginia State University). $968,421.