Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Accessibility.


We offer a Continuing Education Unit-certified comprehensive Beginners and Advanced training and professional development. Training and workshops tailored to address your needs. Our 2.5 hour sessions are meticulously crafted and designed by our team to maximize: shared values, collective education, equity, inclusion, accessibility, diversity, cultural awareness, community engagement, communications, policy, and safety in every aspect of your space. We also have general training for community members who are not participating in a workplace group. Our DEI Workshops and Trainings are designed to meet participants where they are and guide them to where they need to go next. Our goal is to support and move people forward as ambassadors of change. Additionally, we teach classes in academic settings and provide keynote speaking on these DEIA concepts.



Beginner Training:
October 18
9:30 a.m.-noon

Advanced Training:
October 25
9:30 a.m.-noon

Although not required, it is strongly encouraged that you take the beginner training prior to taking the advanced training.
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These programs will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection.


Beginner Training:

  • Introductions and grounding
  • Communal agreements & goals
  • Shared definitions/language (short glossary in guide included)
  • Identity workshopping
    • Identity work includes internal reflections, group workshopping, topics of bias, topics of privilege, supports exploration and understanding of diversity and positionality
  • Cultural responsiveness
    • Culturally responsive pedagogy and engagement
  • Safe and inclusive environment with safety checklist
  • Individual DEIA Analysis
  • Equitable Problem Solving
  • Q&A

Advanced Training: 

  • Introductions and grounding
  • Communal agreements & goals
  • Quick review of beginners training
  • DEIA Deep Analyzation and Assessment Activity One and Two
    • Examples Include: community engagement, policy, values, culture, communications, accountability, and more
  • History on Racism – Where does racial injustice come from?
    • Application for today, recognizing individual and cultural uniqueness, historical context of target vs agent, current power dynamics, impacts of colonization, DEIA reform, evolutions, & implementation, recentering leadership and expertise, resource references
  • Equitable Problem Solving
  • DEIA Next Steps – a checklist
  • Q&A based on survey and trainingI



Social work and human services professionals, volunteers, and administrators.


$95 – Beginner Training
$95 – Advanced training

Click here to apply for a need-based scholarship.



Equity Consulting & Education Firm (ECE)

photo of David PatrickDavid Patrick (he/him/his) is the Founding Partner of Equity Consulting & Education Firm. David holds a B.S. from the Maine Business School in both International Business & Marketing with an advanced Master of Social Work (MSW) degree through The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Maine.

David currently works as a clinical social worker and has experience in a variety of practice settings, in addition to his work as an educator. In his current professional role, David practices as a clinical outpatient therapist at Gateway Community Service. David specializes in advocacy for underrepresented communities and outpatient therapy services with a focus on diverse client populations and empowering communities. 

Photo of Desiree VargasDesiree (Anakoniwa) Vargas (she/her) is a mother, wife, herbalist, gardener/farmer, community social justice organizer, community resource distributor, healing retreat facilitator, harm reductionist, business owner, nonprofit director, and racial justice advocate. 

Her consulting and facilitation offerings help partners reimagine their approach and values that drive services and programs to become more impactful, intentional, inventive, collaborative, and communal.


25 participants


2.5 hours / .2 CEUs are available.

Certificate of Completion Available Upon Request.

Learn more about Continuing Education Units here.



For more information or to request an accommodation, contact us at um.continuinged@maine.edu.