Racial Equity, Implicit Bias and Diversity Training program offered in June

Photo: David Patrick and Desiree Vargas, courtesy of Linda Coan O'Kresik, Bangor Daily News

Belfast, Maine — Registration is now open for a one-day professional development program, Racial Equity, Implicit Bias and Diversity Workshop, on June 10 from 9:30 a.m.–noon ET via Zoom through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The fee for this online, instructor-led program is $70.

Designed to further participants' understanding of racial equity, diversity, and implicit bias, this program will support participants to understand how they can move their institutions beyond reflecting and into the active work of creating a more equitable world. This interactive and dynamic program, held synchronously via live Zoom sessions, includes in-depth organizational analysis, solution-based discussions and resources for change.

Interested people from all sectors are welcome to participate: professionals, educators, administrators, nonprofit workers, social workers, clinicians, business owners, human resource professionals, journalists and religious leaders. Teams of people from the same institution, business, school or organization are encouraged to participate in the program together.

The program is facilitated by UMaine alum David Patrick and Desiree Vargas, cofounders of Racial Equity & Justice Firm.

As an advocate for communities of color, Patrick supports families, individuals, and students through his work as a co-founder of Racial Equity & Justice and associate director of The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. Patrick combines experimental knowledge, social work education, and clinical problem-solving skills to build cross-cultural relationships, offer consultation and provide mediation. His focus is working with strategic partners, stakeholders, and community leaders for policy development, policy implementation and community change.


As an Indigenous woman of color and an anthropology scholar, Vargas navigates advocating for Black, Brown and Indigenous people uniquely with a focus on redistribution of resources and cultural preservation. Her skill set includes racial justice advocacy, anti gender-based violence advocacy, harm reduction activism, administration, keynote speaking, heart-centered decolonization consultation, grant writing, workshop and training facilitation, public relations, community organizing, youth behavioral health work and childcare.


For those interested in continuing education credits, 0.2 CEUs and 2.5 contact hours are available.


For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo County. For more information about upcoming professional development programs, scholarships or to register, go online. Early registration is recommended as spots are limited.


About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono, that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduates. Our students have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit umaine.edu and machias.edu.

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