Upcoming Events

2023 Winter Speakers Series

In partnership with the Jesup Memorial Library, MDI REWG is pleased to offer the upcoming winter speaker series:

February 9, Racial Disparities in Healthcare in Maine with Hibo Omar, Executive Director of the New Mainers Public Health Initiative (Watch Here)

March 9, Racial Injustice and Birthing (Watch Here)

May 11 at 7 pm, Narratives of the Black Queer Experience with COA Senior Doderick Tugman (Hybrid and In-person Event)

Workshop with Racial Equity & Justice: March 3

The MDI Racial Equity Working Group is pleased to announce that David Patrick and Desiree Vargas of the Racial Equity and Justice Organization will be coming to Mount Desert Island for two incredibly powerful trainings this winter!

Advanced training Friday, March 3, 12 PM-2:30 PM (open to those who have taken the introductory training, or Racial Equity Institute Phase 1, or have done equivalent previous work) Register here.

This training will be offered in person on MDI at the Northeast Harbor Library and via zoom; limit of 50 participants per training. With limited in-person spots available.

The fee for this training is $90; scholarships are available, with some specifically reserved for students and BIPOC, who are encouraged to be in touch
at mdi.rewg@gmail.com to apply.

Donations to help support scholarships are welcome, and can be made when registering.

2022 Winter Speaker Series

In partnership with the Jesup Memorial Library, MDI REWG is pleased to offer the upcoming winter speaker series:

January 13, 7:00 pm, Downeast Diversity, A Conversation with Abdi Nor Iftin and Alyne Cistone (Watch Here)

February 10, 7:00 pm, Mirrors & Lenses: Tools for Shifting the Conversation on Race (Watch Here)

March 10, 7:00 pm, Dreamers, Dreams, and Tall Tales: Malaga and Maine’s ‘Unspoken’ History with Professor Myron Beasley (Watch Here)

April 14, 7:00 pm, Small Tribe Left Behind, with Richard Silliboy (Watch Here)

Racial Equity Institute (REI) Workshops


REI’s 3-hour “Groundwater Session” outlines what it means to think of racism as structural.

In this lively and participatory presentation, REI organizers will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant. Please contact us for upcoming opportunities to participate on one of these transformative sessions.