FAQs and Resources
Do you do your trainings virtually?
Yes! I can facilitate my trainings both virtually and in person. I'm happy to deliver virtual trainings anywhere in the U.S.
What's the best way to contact you?
Call me at 207-317-2445; email me at email@example.com or by clicking the "Get In Touch" button above; or send me a message via the contact form on this website's Home Page.
What is the difference between diversity and inclusion?
The terms "diversity" and "inclusion" are often used interchangeably but they have distinct meanings and both are essential to a respectful, thriving, and inclusive workplace.
Diversity means different or varied and represents the what: the demographics of our workforce such as differences in race, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical abilities, age, and all other distinctions in our individual attributes.
Inclusion, in turn, refers to the how: the practice of creating a sense of belonging in the workplace. When we attain (and maintain) an inclusive workplace, our employees feel comfortable and supported bringing their authentic selves to work and recognize that their voices will be respected, heard, and valued.
What's the difference between equality and equity?
Equality means treating everyone the same with the underlying assumption that everyone starts at the same place and needs the same assistance.
Equity, in turn, seeks equality in outcomes. Equity recognizes that we do not all start at the same place and acknowledges that certain groups face different barriers and are provided fewer resources than their peers. Fairness can be achieved when we correct these imbalances and ultimately provide those with fewer resources the opportunities that they need.
I'm white and struggling to understand how to best be an ally to my Black community members, friends, and colleagues. Can you recommend some resources?
Here are some great anti-racism resources:
Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants' anti-racism resource list
Watch this short video from act.tv that provides an overview of systemic racism: https://youtu.be/YrHIQIO_bdQ
Support these Black-owned businesses in Maine
Interested in reading and learning more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)? Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of my favorite books for your exploration:
Banaji, Mahzarin R. and Greenwald, Anthony G. (2016) Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
Eberhardt, Jennifer. (2020) Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Steele, Claude M. (2011) Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
Grant, Adam (2021) Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
Vedantam, Shankar & Mesler, Bill (2021) Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain
Fuller, Pamela, Murphy, Mark, & Chow, Anne (2020) The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams
Frankl, Viktor E. (1946) Man’s Search for Meaning
Kahneman, Daniel (2013) Thinking, Fast and Slow.
Wilkerson, Isabel (2020) Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Oluo, Ijeoma (2019) So You Want to Talk About Race
DiAngelo, Robin (2018) White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Kendi, Ibram X. (2019) How to Be an Antiracist
Stevenson, Bryan (2015) Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Daniel Tatum, Beverly (2017) Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race