Nia Augustine is a first-generation, second-year student majoring in Kinesiology in the Curry Scool of Education. During her first semester at UVA, she was introduced to contemplation after taking the course, "The Art and Science of Human Flourishing," with David Germano. Her introduction to contemplation fueled this curiosity towards mindfulness and other meditative practices and helped her cope with daily stressors.
As a result of this budding interest, Nia sought out a position as a student intern at CSC, allowing her to gain and bring awareness about contemplative practices to the UVA student body. In addition to her position at the center, Nia also serves as the Vice-President of the student organization (CIO), Contemplation@UVA.
Following her undergraduate education, Nia would like to attend Batten's Accelerated Program of Master's Public Policy and attend medical school, hoping to address healthcare disparities on a policy level in the U.S. healthcare system. In addition to integrating contemplative practices in these areas, she has learned the importance of the healing process at large.