Anna Ostow

Sotomayor Fellow
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Anna Ostow (she/they), nature loving human and somatic educator, is a ‘22-’23 Sotomayor Fellow, and the Contemplative Practice, Mindfulness, and Social Change Facilitator at the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Smith College. Her formal training includes her studies at Starr King School for the Ministry and the Strozzi Institute, and she particularly counts Robert Horton, Janet Carter, Meredith Broome, J. Tyson Casey, and the entire UNtraining community as her teachers. She gets excited about relational work, the practices of holding complexity and contradiction, and creating spaces of belonging where people get to bring their whole selves. Ostow is particularly passionate about working in collaboration with other white people to see their white conditioning clearly, without losing their connection to the wider world and their own innate basic goodness and complexity. Whether you have lots of experience thinking and talking about race, are totally new to it, or are looking for support in another sphere of your experience, Ostow welcomes you to her office in service of building greater awareness and compassion.