Omeg faculty Kofi-Charu Nat Turner

Kofi-Charu Nat Turner

Kofi-Charu Nat Turner, PhD, is the grandson of distinguished civil rights leader Caffie Greene and has written the first biography about her, Caffie Greene and Black Women Activists: Unsung Women of the Black Liberation Movement. He is a community-engaged scholar who embodies the qualities of a global ambassador of love. A teacher’s teacher, Dr. Turner is a learner/practitioner of the Raja yoga tradition and has received training in Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) with the Niroga Institute and coordinated youth DMind programs in the Jersey City public schools, where he engages historically underserved youth (particularly African Americans) and K-12 teachers. 

Dr. Turner is a tenured professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he serves as the college leadership fellow coordinating the 2022-2023 Dynamic Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative. He has also coordinated the doctoral concentration of language, literacy and culture including master’s programs in bilingual, English as a second language (ESL), multicultural and reading and writing. Kofi has received degrees in education administration at Harvard University and in Africana studies and political science at Brown University. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.