Dr. Jamila Rufaro is a lifelong-learner, executive coach, artist and educator. With a strong focus on diversity, Jamila is dedicated to deepening and widening human connections by moving past our emotional legacies of fear and shame and reaching for the compassion, empathy and love that is at the root of our human experience.
Dr Rufaro is a Senior Facilitator for the renowned Interpersonal Dynamics course at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and for the Building Interpersonal Skills course through Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. These experiential courses utilize the T-group methodology of group dynamics to create a learning laboratory where students develop their skills in emotional intelligence, authentic communication, effective feedback, conflict management, and effective influence. Over the past decade, she has coached hundreds of students through these and similar courses.
Jamila has extensive experience in leadership training and facilitating groups for communication skills, diversity and power dynamics, suicide prevention, relationship violence prevention and sexual assault prevention. She has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, ability to create safety within groups, model effective practices and intervene in ways that enhance learning and empowers her clients to meet their goals.
Also an artist, Jamila creates mixed media assemblage using discarded books and other found objects. Her artwork is about reuse, reconstruction and renovation of everyday elements sometimes in absurd ways. They hint at aspects that lie just beyond recognition and delude us with ethereal illusions of likenesses that are nonexistent in reality.
Jamila holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University with a focus on curriculum development and teacher education and a Doctoral Minor in Issues of Culture and Diversity. Prior to becoming a Senior Facilitator, Jamila was an undergraduate dean at Stanford University coaching students through a variety of challenges both personal and academic.
Jamila currently lives in Palo Alto, CA.