ONLINE Racial Equity, Implicit Bias & Diversity Training


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Winter Session
March 5, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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This dynamic program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection. Participation is encouraged (though not required). This is NOT a pre-recorded program.



This online professional development program is designed to further your understanding of racial equity, diversity, and implicit bias. If you want to understand how you, your business, organization or school can do better, this is the program for you!

  • Professionals
  • Teachers, educators, professors–anyone in the field of teaching and learning
  • Administrators
  • Municipalities
  • Nonprofit workers
  • Healthcare administrators and workers (doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, etc.)
  • Police officers and security professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Social workers
  • Clinicians
  • Small business owners
  • Writers/journalists/communications professionals



David Patrick (Co-Founder of Racial Equity & Justice)
As an advocate for communities of color, David 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. David 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 a speaker, writer, and facilitator, David offers candid reflections of his experiences as a person of color in both public and private life. As a social worker, David supports adoptive families with post-adoption support resources, advocacy, and mentorship. In addition, David has spent many years working with some of our most vulnerable neighbors through his work with individuals struggling with housing and homelessness, substance use disorders & recovery, and Crisis Intervention. Gardening is not only a method of healing for David but a resilient form of supporting and feeding his family and community members.


Desiree Vargas headshotDesiree Vargas (Co-Founder of Racial Equity & Justice)

As an Indigenous woman of color and an anthropology scholar, Desiree navigates advocating for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people uniquely with a focus on redistribution of resources and cultural preservation. Desiree’s skill set includes racial justice advocacy, anti gender-based violence advocacy (trauma-informed healing, MMIWGT2S, & campus safety), 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. Additionally, she is involved in various initiatives in her tribe and the greater community. Her favorite work includes community education, Land Back Projects and cultural preservation for the next generation. Her experiences and education equip her with expertise in her work at Racial Equity and Justice. She relies on her culture, relationship with the earth and herbal remedies as pathways to healing and enthusiastically encourages others to embrace fully their own traditional ancestral healing as a form of liberation and resilience.

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Need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo County who plan to use the skills gained in the course to benefit their community. More information about need-based scholarships is here.

Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.






  • 0.4 CEUs/4 contact hours
  • Certificate of completion

For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator,; 207.338.8002.


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