The 2nd Annual San Antonio Compassionate Institute 2021

June 2021 – May 2022

By City Seal, San Antonio is a Compassionate City, and by Resolution states:

The City encourages San Antonio’s institutions of learning to have all ages explore and teach compassion, based on the understanding that extensive research and resources validate the full spectrum of the benefits of compassion, from being good for the bottom line of business to being a part of the human DNA.

Passed and Approved the 22nd day of June 2017
Mayor Ron Nirenberg
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The 1st Annual San Antonio Compassionate Institute 2020 invited 200 San Antonio educators, Pre-K through adult, to become San Antonio’s first Institute Fellows.

  • 85% of all San Antonio learning institutions had representation.
  • 100% of all San Antonio colleges and universities!

Beginning last June 2020 and graduating the end of this May 2021, they will always be San Antonio Compassionate Institute Fellows. Watch a 10-minute video about their experience here:

By request of the Mayor

Businesspersons, Educators, Faith Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, Research Specialists, and Security Providers are invited to become Institute Fellows at the

2nd Annual San Antonio
Compassionate Institute 2021

June 2021 – May 2022

The initial educational component, Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)*, is virtual and weekly for 10 weeks:

Tuesdays, June 1 – August 3, 2021

With 3 choices of time:

Morning: 9:00-11:00 AM  |   Afternoon: 1:30-3:30 PM  |  Evening6:30-8:30 PM

Maximum registration per time slot is 50 participants. CIT will be led by certified facilitators.

The integrative experiential component* is a monthly 1-hour cohort gathering during the 21/22 academic year:

September 2021 – May 2022

Virtual, with dates and times discerned by each cohort; also led by trained facilitators.

*The Institute includes both components above:

initial education & integrative experience.


This course is offered on a compassionate sliding scale. Please select the amount (or use your own custom amount) to fit your situation.

Our provider is PayPal, where you will have the option of paying with PayPal or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover.)

Contact us for information on other payment methods.

Registration fees are used to respectfully honor the life value gifted to each and every participant by our highly committed and certified CIT facilitators. Suggested contribution and estimated value of this course is, conservatively, $250. If you are able to give beyond $250, your contribution will pay it forward in helping others who are not equally able to do so.  Thank you for respectful and compassionate discernment during your registration process.

“Compassionate Integrity Training has guided me to understand the difference between empathy and compassion. I have also learned skills that lead me to practice self-care, increase my awareness of our common humanity and appreciate our interdependence as I relate to others.”

Sally T. Gomez-Jung, MTS, MA
Professor Emerita, Oblate School of Theology


“We are keenly aware of what is at stake:  Families. Students. Careers. Community. Economic development. Shelter. Mental & physical health.  Literally life and death.  To only name a few within our collective futures. It is not only time to say STOP to the pain, harm and suffering – it is also time to say – There is a different way. Another path. And to do so on a collective scale.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio

Compassion impels us to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.”

Charter for Compassion


“CIT has been a great way to connect people of faith and courage trying to foster compassion and peace in a world of tumult.  If more people could experience this the world would be a better place and we could help change the world.”

Pastor Julie Brenton Rowe
Chaplain, University Hospital


“The compassionate integrity training has helped me see the world with new eyes and to understand myself and others better.”

Dr. Sandra L. Guzman Foster
Assistant Professor,
University of the Incarnate Word


Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries.”

Charter for Compassion 

“Bullying. Polarization. Domestic violence. Suicide. Safety & security in schools, in homes, in the work place. Poverty. Homelessness. Disrespect. Volatile anger. Alienation. Viral concerns. 

It is time. Long past time to say stop!

Mayor Ron Nirenberg
City of San Antonio

Compassionate Integrity Training has taught me to see the world through the lens of compassion.”

Jacqueline Walter
Director, Center for Women in Church and Society, Our Lady of the Lake University

Compassionate Integrity Training has been like gentle rain helping seeds to break open and roots to grow within, bringing branches of hope, flowers of forgiveness, fruits of calm strength

Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D.,
University of the Incarnate Word

Compassion in a School District of 90% Poverty.  The passion of the SAISD administration, teachers and staff has burst forth its compassion for our students and their families during this time of the coronavirus. SAISD has provided over 30,000 devices to our students to connect with their teachers for distance learning, along with up to 10,000 “Hot Spots” for those who have no internet connection.  In the light of food insecurity, the district is providing meals for students and children under children 18 and under. Compassion in action!”

Patti Radle, President
SAISD Board of Trustees

I have had the privilege of taking the Compassionate Integrity Course over the past 12 weeks. In addition to the internal work, the interaction with others has deeply enriched the experience. The CIT process of combining Reflective Writing, Mindful Dialogue and Contemplative Journal Questions really helps to make the concepts  of compassion for self and others and within larger systems a way of thinking and a way of being. I am deeply grateful for this experience.”

Jan Olsen
Interfaith Welcome Coalition

Who are we? We’re not Dallas, Houston, LA, Chicago — and we don’t want to be. We are San Antonians, San Antonianos. Open, collaborative, united, joyful, trusting and compassionate.”

Lionel Sosa
2020 San Antonio Peace Laureate
CEO, Yes! Our Kids Can

“At this time of global shock and transformation, it is important that we be ready to approach the people in our community with empathy and compassion. This course helps to bring an awareness as to how we can go about this, in practical ways, in our day-to-day lives. Together we learn that we have agency and we can have a positive impact on our world.

Kerry McKeon
Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Student

“Compassion Integrity Training equips us to be more compassionate with ourselves, and others, building resiliency and awareness to those in the world around us.  The participant will receive practical instruction on how to move from the theoretical to making a real-world impact.  In these unprecedented times, this extraordinary training can equip us to effectively help others, while ensuring we stay emotionally in touch with the impact of the suffering we see, and experience.

Joe McKeon
Medical Director, Humana Military


Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)

All sessions are virtual with prompt beginning and ending times. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants the week before CIT begins on June 1, 2021.

Participants will need their own copy of the CIT Manual before June 1:

Also, participants need to view the Foundational Concept videos (total 35 minutes) prior to June 1:

June 1
Skill 1: Calming Body and Mind 
June 8
Skill 2: Ethical Mindfulness
June 15
Skill 3: Emotional Awareness
 June 22
Skill 4: Self-Compassion
June 29
Skill 5: Impartiality and Common Humanity
 July 6
Skill 6: Forgiveness and Gratitude
 July 13
Skill 7: Empathic Concern
 July 20
Skill 8: Compassion
July 27 
Skill 9: Appreciating Interdependence
 August 3 
Skill 10: Engaging with Discernment
Your committed attendance is an act of compassionate respect towards self, other participants, and facilitators. CIT certification is received by attending all sessions of the initial educational componentof the SA Compassionate Institute. Please let the Institute Registrar know if you do not plan to continue with the integrative experiential component*. *Completion of both the educational and experiential components qualify participants to become SA Compassionate Institute Fellows. Thank you for your compassionate understanding and self-accountability in this important endeavor to help San Antonio become an even more Compassionate City.
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