The Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion

Recurring Events

Anti-Racism Practice Group 
Meets monthly online.  Only open to participants from the 2020 Summer Anti-Racism Institute.
Email for more information.

Mindful Mondays (online)
Meets every Monday, except for university holidays that fall on a Monday, from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. via Zoom.  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn and practice evidence-based breathing and meditation techniques that lower stress levels/stress hormones and increase well-being. Email for more information. 

Mastering Mindfulness
Meets on Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  This structured, weekly group is open to current USM students only, but has rolling admission so students can continue to join throughout the semester.  Each session will include guided mindfulness exercises and chances to check in and debrief on your practice.   Email for more information or to sign up.

Mindful Mondays at UMaine Law 
Meets every Monday during the semester from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. in the Law School Library Annex, Second Floor.  Email for more information.



Past Recurring Events

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. 

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.

Nonviolent Communication Training 
Instructor Rebecca Stephans led full-semester and 5-week courses for USM faculty and staff, as well as 5-week introductory and intermediate courses for USM graduate students.