In 2003, I-ACT co-founder Nelson Abreu started Science of Self Club, one of the first consciousness-centered university student organizations, at University of Florida. The same year, with input from I-ACT's Nanci Trivellato, MSc and sponsored by UF's Center for Spirituality and Health, Nelson helped Barbara Welsch, PhD design one the first curricular university courses on consciousness (PSY4930: Intro to Consciousness Studies / PSY 4906: Non-Local Consciousness). The course covered local and non-local perspectives on consciousness, along with the history, epistemology, theory, and current research in consciousness studies. Guest speakers included the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory's Brenda Dunne, MS and Bob Jahn, PhD.
It was with great enthusiasm that we learned University of Washington took it to the next level with its undergraduate course and the first-ever minor in the field. Paul Revis, one of our very own co-founders, is director of development at UW's Center for Education and Research in Consciousness (CERC). The program is again set to make history in consciousness education by developing the world's first integrated undergraduate and graduate programs at a public university. CERC’s goal is to raise an initial endowment of $250,000 to launch the development of comprehensive consciousness programs at the University of Washington Bothell, supporting faculty recruitment, cutting-edge research, community partnerships, scientific symposia, and continuing education programs. Together, we can achieve it.