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FAQs and Resources

Do you do your classes virtually?

Yes! I routinely facilitate classes both in-person and virtually.

What's the best way to contact you?

Call me at 207-317-2445; email me at mandy@mandylevineconsulting.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.  

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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?

Interested in reading and learning more about bias and racial equity?  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

Resources related to disabilities and disability inclusion

I'm passionate about disability inclusion and creating workplaces that are more inclusive of individuals with disabilities.  For those based in the New England region, below are a few of my go-to resources:

  • Disability Rights Maine, drme.org/.  Disability Rights Maine’s (DRM) mission is to ensure autonomy, inclusion, equality, and access for people with disabilities in Maine. DRM collaborates with people with disabilities and their supporters to enforce and advance disability rights through training, systemic advocacy, public policy reform, and legal intervention.

  • Maine Medical Center's Department of Vocational Services, Vocational Services | Maine Medical Center | Portland, ME (mainehealth.org), is a leader in the field of employment for people with disabilities, providing services to individuals with disabilities and also providing technical assistance and training to community rehabilitation agencies, employers and schools.

  • JAN Network, askjan.org/, a leading resource for workplace accommodations and a treasure trove of ideas for employers engaging in the interactive process with employees.

  • Alpha One, www.alphaonenow.org/.  Since 1978, Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, has enabled thousands of people with disabilities to live more fully and more independently in all aspects of their lives. 

  • PSL Services/STRIVE, www.pslstrive.org, provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities or mental health diagnoses a community of support and assistance in finding greater independence