The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion

Events Archive

collage of event posters

2022

January - May 2022:  Antiracist Pedagogy Faculty Group
Drs. Idella Glenn, Kirsten Gleason, Rebecca Nisetich, and Vaishali Mamgain co-led a group of 15 faculty from diverse disciplines--from English to Nursing, Engineering to Education--to unlearn oppressive practices and redo their curriculum to be truly inclusive and antiracist. This group will continue to work together over a 2 year period to help enact cultural change at USM and beyond.

March - April 2022:  Nonviolent Communication Training
Intermediate-level online series with instructor Rebecca Stephans for USM Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff who'd participated in prior NVC groups.

February - March 2022:  Nonviolent Communication Training
Introductory online series with instructor Rebecca Stephans for USM graduate students.

April 2022: Self-Care and Radical Communion: Walking Each Other Home
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain spoke at the Honors College at UMaine as a John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics.

 

2021

November 2021:  On the Possibility of Radical Communion: Building Bridges, Centering Belonging and Shifting the Frame
A workshop with Mr. Ed Porter and Dr. Brooke Lavelle.

Belonging is Everything! with Mr. Ed Porter (video)

 

Touching Earth with Dr. Melanie Harris  (video)

 

Alone With My Memories with Dr. Michelle Chatman (video)

September - December 2021:  Antiracist Pedagogy Faculty Group
Drs. Idella Glenn, Kirsten Gleason, Rebecca Nisetich, and Vaishali Mamgain co-led a group of 15 faculty from diverse disciplines--from English to Nursing, Engineering to Education--to unlearn oppressive practices and redo their curriculum to be truly inclusive and antiracist. This group will continue to work together over a 2 year period to help enact cultural change at USM and beyond.

June 2021:  Summer Antiracism Institute
Honors Program Director Dr. Rebecca Nisetich and Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain offered this collaborative, intensive workshop series to support faculty to cultivate antiracist practices in their work for the university and in their lives.

June - July 2021:  Compassion Practices for Decolonization
This practice group was offered to USM students, staff, and faculty who participated in the February, March, or April "Interacting with Wabanaki Maine History" workshops through Wabanaki REACH.

May 2021: Writing Retreat: Undoing Racism Using a Relational Frame
Honors Program Director Dr. Rebecca Nisetich and Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this one-day antiracism and compassion workshop for writing instructors at USM.

May 2021: School of Nursing Antiracism Retreat
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain and Honors Program Director Dr. Rebecca Nisetich presented this two-day compassion and antiracism workshop retreat for the School of Nursing.

January - May 2021:  Antiracism Practice Group
Honors Program Director Dr. Rebecca Nisetich led this biweekly practice group for attendees of the 2020 Summer Antiracism Institute.

November 2021: Nonviolent Communication Training 
Introductory online series with instructor Rebecca Stephans for USM graduate students.

September - October 2021: Nonviolent Communication Training 
Introductory online series with instructor Rebecca Stephans for USM faculty and staff.

February - March 2021: Nonviolent Communication Training
Intermediate-level online series with instructor Rebecca Stephans for USM Graduate Students and Staff who'd participated in prior NVC groups.

October 2021: Cultivating Fierce Compassion: Leaning Into the Edges
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led a workshop on navigating the tensions in our lives with practices rooted in compassion at the Center for Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph's College (ME).

July 2021:  Courage of Care Summer Intensive
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain joined Kai Horton, Miko Brown, and others as faculty for the weeklong Courage of Care Summer Intensive.

June - August 2021:  Embodied Equity, Justice, and Leadership Institute
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain was one of the facilitators for this two-day workshop for organizational leaders and team members committed to transformative change, as well as for the weekly follow-up sessions throughout July.

April - July 2021:  Balancing Hope and Fear: an Ecological Justice course
This three-month, contemplative-based, anti-oppressive course (offered in two 6-week sections) was designed by a global team of collaborators to help resource folks engaged in climate change work.

April 2021:  Reclaiming Resilience and Community: a Workshop for BIPOC
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain co-facilitated this workshop from the Courage of Care Coalition. 

April 2021:  Balancing Hope and Fear: Resourcing Concerned Citizens for Sustainable Environmental Justice Work
Dr. Brooke Lavelle, founder of the Courage of Care Coalition, and Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain presented this webinar from the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

March 2021:  What is Ours to Do to Bring Change?
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain spoke during the online Sunday Services at Unity of Greater Portland.

March 2021: The Cognitive Reset: Become a Better Thinker to be a Better Leader
USM Professor Richard Bilodeau and Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain presented this workshop at the Hussey Leadership Institute.

2020

September 2020: Pandemic As Portal: Loving the Earth and Each Other in a Time of Crises
Dr. Brooke Lavelle, founder of the Courage of Care Coalition offered this two-day online retreat for social, racial, and environmental activists to help us connect and support each other’s work.

February 2020:  Moving in Radical Love as a Public Health Initiative
Dr. Lenwood Hayman led this workshop focused on learning to move equitably as a network of interdependent beings toward the goal of optimal public health.

Cultural Compassion and Radical Love with Dr. Lenwood Hayman 


March 2020:  Conversation & Book Signing
In partnership with five other local organizations, the Center planned to host author Mirabai Starr for a conversation with Center Director Vaishali Mamgain. This event was postponed and, unfortunately, later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September - December 2020:  Antiracism Practice Group
Dr. Rebecca Nisetich led this biweekly practice group for attendees of the 2020 Summer Antiracism Institute.

June 2020:  Summer Antiracism Institute
Dr. Rebecca Nisetich and Dr. Vaishali Mamgain offered this collaborative, intensive workshop series to support faculty and staff to cultivate antiracist practices in their work for the university and in their lives.

January - May 2020:  Faculty/Staff Compassion and Love Training
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this Spring 2020 faculty/staff practice group focused on love and compassion training in the context of doing antiracism work.  The group read How to Be An Antiracist, while working through an online Compassion Cultivation Training module developed by the Courage of Care Coalition.

January - May 2020:  Faculty/Staff Antiracism Book Group
Drs. Vaishali Mamgain and Rebecca Nisetich led this biweekly practice group of University staff/faculty and members of the community during the 2019-2020 academic year.  The group read Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility to inform their practice, focusing on how to use an antiracist framework to better understand their lives and how to bring these concepts to bear in their work at USM and in the community. 

November 2020: Nonviolent Communication Training 
Introductory online series for USM graduate students, led by Rebecca Stephans.

August 2020: Nonviolent Communication Training 
Introductory online series for USM faculty and staff, led by Rebecca Stephans.

July 2020: Witnessing Circles
A 4-week online group for USM faculty and staff, facilitated by Erik Eisele.

July 2020:  Cognitive Reset I & II
Professors Vaishali Mamgain and Richard Bilodeau shared their research and introduced practices that engender empathy and enhance creativity and learning in this two-part workshop series for USM faculty.

November 2020:  Mirabai Starr Retreat
The Center partnered with five other local organizations to host a one-day Zoom retreat with author Mirabai Starr. This event was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed and held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June - August 2020:  Witnessing Circles
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain hosted a series of online witnessing circles for the Southern Maine Agency on Aging where participants were invited to sit in community and witness all that was unfolding for them personally and for everyone societally. 


2019

Peeling Away the Masks with Dr. Monika Son


September 2019:
 Leaning Into Our Discomfort and Withdrawing Our Commitment from Oppressive Spaces
Dr. Monika Son invited participants in this workshop to commit to antiracism work in a way that transcends mere cognition and addresses the entire “body” of oppression. 

The Art of Seeing with Rev. Gola Wolf Richards

September - December 2019:  Faculty/Staff Antiracism Book Group
Drs. Vaishali Mamgain and Rebecca Nisetich led this biweekly practice group of University staff/faculty and members of the community during the 2019-2020 academic year.  The group read Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be An Antiracist and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility to inform their practice, focusing on how to use an antiracist framework to better understand their lives and how to bring these concepts to bear in their work at USM and in the community. 

September - December 2019:  Faculty/Staff Compassion and Love Training
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this Spring 2019 faculty/staff practice group focused on love and compassion training in the context of doing antiracism work.  The group read How to Be An Antiracist, while working through an online Compassion Cultivation Training module developed by the Courage of Care Coalition.

September - December 2019: Nonviolent Communication Training
Instructor Rebecca Stephans led this practice workgroup for USM faculty and staff.

January - May 2019:  Faculty/Staff Compassion and Love Training
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this Spring 2019 faculty/staff practice group focused on love and compassion training in the context of doing antiracism work.  The group read How to Be An Antiracist, while working through an online Compassion Cultivation Training module developed by the Courage of Care Coalition.

November 2019: Jubilant in the Journey Towards Justice: Contemplation and Joy in Resistance
Dr. Kamilah Majied and Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this workshop, focused on giving people the resources necessary to sustain social movement and find joy in our camaraderie and shared vision, during the National Women's Studies Association annual conference.

November 2019: Engaging With Our Feelings About Climate Disruption: Loss, Anger, Injustice
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain and Dr. David Glassberg led this workshop at the Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.  The session highlighted how communities of color are at the frontlines and how countries in the (less developed) global South are disproportionately bearing the brunt of climate change.

October 2019: The Immigration Debate and The Compassionate Stance: Lessons from Contemplative Neuroscience
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this workshop during Beyond Borders: a Conference on Migration and Integration.

August 2019:  A Dialogue on Self-Compassion and Interdependence  
Dr. Kamilah Majied and Dr. Vaishali Mamgain presented this webinar for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. 

August 2019: Spirituality in the Age of Surveillance
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain spoke during the Sunday services at the First Parish of Portland Unitarian Universalist church.

February 2019: What Role Does Kindness Play In Our Lives?
Maine Calling program on Maine Public Radio (panel discussion with Dr. Vaishali Mamgain, Sara Ewing-Merrill, Penthea Burns, and Kimberly Post, hosted by Jennifer Rooks)

February 2019: PechaKucha Night - Radical Compassion
Center Director Dr. Vaishali Mamgain hosted this community event at Portland House of Music.

2018

October 2018: Workshops with Dr. Kamilah Majied 
Following her public talk, Dr. Majied offered two workshops,  "The Inner Social Justice Movement" and "Who are we and where do we belong? Exploring geographic and social location with integrity"

Fierce Compassion with Dr. Kamilah Majied


September 2018: Compassion Retreat

A one-day workshop for the Food Studies program

Uncovering a Wellspring of Compassion with Dr. John Makransky


May 2018: Maine Med 
Two-day workshop with Dr. John Makransky.

The Courage of Compassion with Dr. Brooke D. Lavelle


April 2018: Visioning a Center for Compassion

Two-day workshop with Dr. Brooke D. Lavelle

 

September - December 2018:  Faculty/Staff Compassion and Love Training
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this Fall 2018 faculty/staff practice group focused on love and compassion training in the context of doing antiracism work. 

January - May 2018:  Faculty/Staff Compassion and Love Training
Dr. Vaishali Mamgain led this Spring 2018 faculty/staff practice group focused on love and compassion training in the context of doing antiracism work.  

November 2018: What Does It Mean To Be Compassionate?Maine Calling program on Maine Public Radio (panel discussion with Dr. Vaishali Mamgain, Rev. Kenneth Lewis, Amy Wood, and Jennifer McDoor, hosted by Jennifer Rooks)