Workshops & Training

MMA’s Identities & Privileges Webinar sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 11/10/20

Location: Remote Access – Live ZOOM Meeting
Time:  9:00am-11:00am
Cost:  MMA Member: $45; Non-Member: $90
Presenter/Facilitator: Elizabeth Greason, Co-Founder, Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants

Identities and Privileges: What they Are, What they Aren’t, and Why it Matters to Municipalities

Dr. Janet Bennett defines culture as “the learned and shared values, beliefs, and behaviors of a group of interacting people”. By that definition, any group we belong to can arguably be a culture! Our family, our town, our state, our nation, our race or ethnicity, to name just a few. How do these groups influence us and the experiences we have? How do they influence our perspectives?

For some, the word “privilege” elicits strong emotions; it can act as a lightning rod and put people immediately on the defensive, making it hard to move the conversation forward. Join Maine Intercultural as they provide an inclusive working definition and challenge participants to become curious about the different ways in which we’ve all been affected by privilege, the way it impacts our work, and what we can do about it to create an inclusive, just workplace which serves people equitably.


Presenter Bio:

A Mainer by birth, Liz is co-founder of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants. She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from around the world at the American University in Dubai, with a focus on effective cross-cultural communication. Since returning to the United States, Liz has applied her knowledge of the Middle East and Islam, cultural competency, and intercultural communication to help Mainers effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and serve diverse populations equitably. Liz has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Portland Adult Education.

Liz holds degrees in Women and Gender Studies, with focus areas of intersectional feminism, from Mount Holyoke College and Reed College. Additionally she holds a Certificate in Mediation from USM, has been trained by Dr. Janet Bennett at the Intercultural Communication Institute, and is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).


*Registrants will receive their Zoom registration, including meeting details and the link to access the webinar, no later than 24 hours in advance.


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