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Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

Tues. Oct. 20, 2020      4 p.m. PDT


Time spent at home has given us all space to reflect on our experiences as travelers, domestically and globally. Join UW professor and author Dr. Anu Taranath as we define the concept of mindful travel and how its mindset can shape the way we respectfully and ethically embrace and learn from different people and cultures. Together, we’ll learn how to unpack complex or unsettling travel experiences and begin meaningful conversations with each other. Moderated by Dr. Felipe Martinez, Executive Director, UW Center for International Relations and Cultural Leadership Exchange.

FREE for UWAA/UWRA Members and UW Alumni Tours past travelers
$5 General Public

Portrait: Anu TaranathDr. Anu Taranath brings both passion and expertise to her work as a speaker, facilitator, author and educator. A UW faculty member for the past 18 years, she teaches about global issues, race, gender, identity, and equity. Named “Best of Seattle” by Seattle Weekly and awarded the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Anu has received multiple U.S. Fulbright Fellowships to collaborate with partners abroad. As a racial equity consultant, she offers coaching, training, facilitation and other types of partnerships with people working in public agencies, education, businesses and non-profits.

Her book “Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World” was named a Finalist for four book awards including the Washington State Book Award. Included in Fodor’s Travel’s “13 Books to Inspire Your Travels” and Oprah Magazine’s “Best 26 Travel Books of All Times,” Dr. Anu and her book have been profiled in YES!, AFAR, Bitch, Mindful and National Geographic magazines, as well as the “Travel with Rick Steves” radio program. Please visit for more on Dr. Anu and her work.

Portrait: Felipe MartinezDr. Felipe Martinez serves as Executive Director for CIRCLE at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In his role, Dr. Martinez is responsible for the coordination and implementation of programs and services to support UW international students. To achieve this goal, Dr. Martinez collaborates with a variety of departments to streamline communication and holistic support for students. Prior to this role, Dr. Martinez worked at the UW and other institutions on student success and retention initiatives to support students on their path toward graduation. His research interests include educational equity, globalization of higher education, and the experience of first-generation college students within the university setting.

Dr. Martinez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC). (

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