Thursday, January 10, 2008

Talking Openly About Diversity...

The 14th Annual Changing Maine Presents:

"Talking Openly About Diversity, Oppression & Racism in Maine" one day workshop

Saturday, February 9, 2008
Pine Tree State Arboretum
153 Hospital St.
Augusta, ME
9:30 AM - 3: 30 PM

(In case of hazardous driving weather on February 9, the event will be re-scheduled to a later date, same time and location)

*$25 suggested (but any donation is welcome, consider sponsoring a slot for another to attend)

Presented by Cultivating Multicultural Alliances (CMA) of Maine and New England

Developed by a Social Worker in Maine, CMA is a Whole-listic Approach to Multiculturalism Based on Alliances, Equity, Reciprocity and the Elimination of Racism & Tribalism

"Diversity is nothing new, but equity & multiculturalism are."

To register or more info (see below) contact Larry Dansinger, 525-7776 or
Changing Maine is sponsored by ROSC (Resources for Organizing and Social Change).

To Contact Cultivating Multicultural Alliances (CMA):
P.O. Box 7831
Portland, Maine 04112
Phone: 207- 232-3092
Web: (currently under construction until mid Jan)

CMA is beneficial for all ages, races and ethnicities, including individuals, groups, and organizations.

CMA DID (Dialogues in Diversity) dialogues and Anti- Oppression Peer Education Trainings are especially beneficial for Grades 6-12 and College Students.

Why this day to look at issues of diversity, oppression, and racism in Maine?

Diversity in Maine is nothing new, but multiculturalism and equity are.

Maine and most of New England are currently experiencing growing pains due to increasing international adoptions, international students, refugee resettlements, bi- racial and multiracial families, and relationships.

CMA was established by a social worker in July 2007 after working with numerous individuals, groups and organizations as they struggled with trying to manage these life transitions.

Participants trained in the CMA approach learn to value themselves in relationship with others.

These trainings are especially valuable for educational institutions, NGOs, social workers & grass roots community organizers wanting to organize anti- racism initiatives more affectively across class and racial divides.

Event Schedule

This one day workshop is an introduction to CMA weekend retreats and trainings.
9:00-9:30 am

9:30- 10:00 am
An overview & introduction to CMA
Ice Breakers

10:00 -12 Noon
Dialogues in Diversity level I-
The practice of critical cross-cultural engagement in action

Noon-1:30 Potluck Lunch and Reflections
[Please provide food for 8+, keep in mind dietary concerns, e.g., no dairy, no meat, or no pork. Labelling incredients in whatever you bring will help. Potluck allows us to keep the conference cost to a minimum]

1:30- 3:00 pm
"His"- Story, Racism in review and a multicultural society

3- 3:30 closing remarks
CEU certification pending approval by the ACSW licensure board

Registration Form (You can fill out on line and email back)

Cost: $25 per person (but any suggested donation is welcomed, consider sponsoring a slot for another to attend)
City/ state/zip
Organization (if any)
____I need a ride; contact me re; carpooling
____I can offer a ride
____I need childcare, register by January 26

*Directions and handouts will be sent to pre-registrants. Registration at the door may be available as space permits (call first).

*The location and bathrooms are fully wheelchair accessible. For special needs/requests, please state below:

____I am mailing a check (made out to ROSC) to ROSC, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951

____Hold a space, I will pay at the door:

For event logistics or last-minute questions about weather, contact Larry Dansinger, Resources for Organizing and Social Action, 161 Stovepipe Alley, Monroe, ME 04951, (207) 525-7776 or

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