Student Diversity

Spring 2021 Available Trainings/Presentations

The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement leads intentional training sessions on various DEI topics. Below are a list of the current trainings we have to offer this semester. If you do not see a training that fits your group or department's exact needs feel free to indicate that you would like to request a custom training. A link to the training request form is located at the bottom of the page. You may contact the Director of Intercultural Student Engagement, William Johnson, at

ISE is always growing to improve the USM community. It can be hard to keep track of what our department is doing on a semester basis. This presentation goes over all of the facets of ISE and the resources we have to offer.

 Session Length: 30 minutes + Questions

The presentation will cover the following topics:

  1. What does "Intercultural" mean?
  2. Where is ISE located?
  3. What resources do we provide?
  4. What student groups and orgs are available?
  5. What staff members make up the Office of ISE?
  6. How do you report bias?
  7. What are the upcoming programs or initiatives?

The mission of the Safe Zone Project at the University of Southern Maine is to visibly identify and support those members of the University community who are safe and supportive contacts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer students, staff, and faculty. 

 Safe Zone Project volunteers participate in a 1.5-hour orientation program that introduces them to the various aspects of the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals and the community. The program focuses on the issues that LGBTQ+ people face and how we (LGBTQ+ and heterosexual and/or cisgender) can be successful, safe, and supportive allies.  Once a volunteer has gone through the orientation program, they can display the Safe Zone symbol on their office door, desk space, or person.

Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday, March 17, 1:00-2:30pm

Tuesday, March 30, 10:00-11:30am

Monday, April 5, 1:00-3:30pm

Friday, April 23, 11:00am-12:30pm

All sessions are conducted via Zoom. Please RSVP by email to to be added to the calendar invite and receive the Zoom link.

Just by being a person you often navigate various social structures that vary in complexity and importance. Bridging the gap between how you feel and react, while being conscious of how you impact others will improve overall communication, regardless of context.

 Session Length: 90 minutes + Questions

Learning Objectives

  1. šYou will be able to define in your own words: EQ
  2. šYou will be able to state how your EQ impacts your behavior
  3. šYou will be able to identify the steps of EQ implementation
  4. šYou will be able to identify personal areas of growth and strength in terms of EQ
  5. šYou will be able to identify strengths and areas of growth for your team

The very factors that help make us who we are as people are the same factors that effect the way that we move through the world. The Perception Versus Reality presentation takes a look at how our perspectives are impacted by our identity and the implications this cognitive process has on our everyday life.

 Session Length: 60 minutes + Questions

Learning Objectives

  1. You will understand the concept of perception and reality and the ways in which perception can be impacted.
  2. You will understand common cognitive biases and errors and how to avoid them.
  3. You will understand the Ladder of Inference and its effects on perception.
  4. You will understand how to regulate perception to closely match reality.

Each of us are born with certain privileges that have made navigating life's barriers more manageable. The Privilege presentation looks at privilege in a more positive light, compared to the negative connotation it possesses, taking a look at what privilege truly is and how to use it to help others. In the presentation we move away from suggesting shame or guilt should be associated with the privileges you possess and more toward the understanding that changing the world for the better requires the willingness to use what you have to help others.

 Session Length: 60 minutes + Questions

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be able to define privilege.
  2. You will be able to identify areas of privilege.
  3. You will be able to identify ways to productively use your privileges to help others.
  4. You will be able to identify ways to decrease your privileges' impact on an inequitable environment.

The road to build resilience begins in the mind. Everyday we face hardships and it is our ability to get up and persist that brings us closer to achieving our goals. The Resilience presentation focuses on how to utilize cognitive behavioral theory in your everyday to change the way you think about what you can achieve. Adversity is life's challenge and the mind is your greatest weapon. 

 Session Length: 60 minutes + Questions

Learning Objectives

  1. You will understand the concept of resiliency and the ways that resiliency is affected.
  2. You will understand the process of critical thinking and the real world application of its skills.
  3. You will learn about the formation of schemas and personal bias.
  4. You will learn how to challenge their narrative.
  5. You will learn the 4 R’s of narrative writing.

If you are interested in any of these presentations or trainings please use the Session/Training Request Form. If you want a custom presentation or training please ensure that you indicate that on the form. An ISE staff member will reach out to you shortly to discuss your expectations.