Publication Date

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


Higher education students have a critical need to be fully present and engaged in the learning space that they participate in. Incorporating grounding and mindfulness practices at the start of student employee training and team building seminars was tested to determine if their engagement level and knowledge retention increased. Grounding and mindfulness practices have predominantly focused on the classroom experience, failing to address additional shared learning environments that students occupy. In my action research, I implemented a multifaceted and fundamental grounding and mindfulness-guided practice for student employees in the Student Activities and Involvement department. I used control groups, whole-group guided practice, quantitative information quiz, and engagement assessments. Through a greater connection to the present space and intentional awareness of being more focused on the here and now, student employee training spaces were proven to be more engaging and effective. My research serves as a practical approach for grounding and mindfulness practices in higher education spaces, and I used the findings to demonstrate that these simple practices can be used anywhere shared learning and collaborative environments take place.