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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities

  • 13 Nov 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Online Webinar


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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities featuring Blanca Santiago, LCSW, Family Resource Specialist Multilingual & Multicultural Center and Norman Maze, Deputy Director and Housing Director at Shalom House, Inc.


1:00pm - 4:00pm
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities 

4:00pm – 4:30pm
Closing Remarks and Awards, President Thomas Cooper, PsyD


Regina Phillips, MSW is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer for Cross Cultural Community Services, an organization that provides diversity, equity, and inclusion work, along with cultural awareness and humility consultation. Ms. Phillips is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine School of Social Work and also works at the Westbrook School Department as the Equity Resource Coordinator. She was previously Program Manager for the City of Portland Social Services Division Refugee Services program for 12 years and ran their homeless family shelter for 7 years. Ms. Phillips serves on the Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Board of Directors and recently finished her two-terms (6-years) on the board of United Way of Greater Portland. Ms. Phillips was a member of the Greater Portland NAACP branch for over 10 years where she served on the Executive Board and as Chair of the Education committee. Ms. Phillips grew up in Maine, received her undergrad from Curry College in Milton, MA, her Master of Social Work from UNE, and is enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work program at Tulane University.

Douglas Kimmel, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, City College, C.U.N.Y., where he taught in the Department of Psychology from 1970 until 1999 (including three visiting professorships in Tokyo, Japan). In 1975 he began a research project on older gay men, finding that they were a varied group, including some in long-term relationships, and many who were well-adjusted and aging successfully. In 1997 he and Clarence Adams conducted a similar study with African American older gay men. He was a co-founder of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) in New York City in 1977, and SAGE Maine in 2013. He had an independent psychology practice in Hancock, Maine, until retiring in 2014. He served as Chair of the MePA Committee on Peace & Social Justice for several years and has been active in many roles in the American Psychological Association. His website is: www.tamarackplace.com/kimmel.

Blanca Santiago, LCSW, has spent three decades developing visibility, safe spaces, and resources for the Latinx and immigrant communities in Maine. She is the 2020 recipient of Courage is Contagious Award. Ms. Santiago currently serves as a Family Resource Specialist in Portland Public Schools, working to support vulnerable families and individuals in direct service capacities. She serves on the Boards of ILAP, Cross Cultural Communications Services, and Presente!Maine. The latter is the newest women led Latinx organization serving the social justice, basic and aspirational needs of her community.

Norman Maze, Deputy Director at Shalom House, Inc., began his tenure in 1997 as a Residential Support Worker at two of the agency’s supported housing programs. He later transferred to the Property Manager position, then Housing Director in 2010, and Deputy Director in 2018. Norman oversees the agency’s portfolio of 27 residential properties from group homes to apartment buildings. Over the past several years, he has become actively involved with statewide and local homelessness policy work. Norman currently serves as one of the tri-chairs for the Maine Continuum of Care, a group of statewide organizations, from emergency shelters to community providers, working to address the causes and impacts of homelessness for the most vulnerable. Norman also serves on the board of Amistad, Inc., an organization which addresses the needs of individuals living with mental illness, substance use, homelessness, and poverty using street outreach, recovery housing, and peer support centers.

Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson is of the Penobscot Indian Nation, Indian Island, Maine, the Waponahki Confederacy of tribes located in Maine, United States and the Maritime provinces of Canada. She is the 8th child of the Elizabeth Sockbeson clan, the auntie of over 100 Waponahki & Stoney Sioux youth and the mother of three children who are also of the Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation of Alberta. A political activist and scholar, she graduated from Harvard University where she received her master’s degree in education. She went on to confer her PhD in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, specializing in Indigenous Peoples Education. Her research focus is Indigenous knowledge, Aboriginal healing through language and culture, anti-racism and decolonization. Her doctoral study engages with how Indigenous ways of knowing and being can inform policy development. She currently serves as Associate Professor for the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Peoples Education Program. In 2013, she and her Indigenous colleagues received a University of Alberta Human Rights Teaching Award for her role in coordinating and teaching Alberta’s first compulsory course in Aboriginal Education, EDU 211: Aboriginal Education & the Context for Professional Development. Sockbeson's poem, “Hear me in this concrete beating on my drum,” was a winning entry in the Word on the Street Poetry Project in 2018 and is sandblasted on a downtown Edmonton sidewalk as part of a permanent public art installation.


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Sockbeson, R. (2017). Indigenous Research Methodology: Gluskabe's Encounters with EpistemicidePostcolonial Directions in Education, 6 (1), 1-27. 

Sockbeson, R. (2017). Waponahki Anti-Colonial Resistance in North American Colonial Contexts: Some Preliminary Notes on the Coloniality of Meta-Dispossession. In D. Kapoor (Ed.), Against Colonization and Rural Dispossession (1st ed., pp. 28-42). London, UK: Zed Books.

Sockbeson, R. (2016). Honored and Thriving: The Squaw Law and Eradication of Offensive State Place-NamesAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal, 40 (2), 123-138. 

Sockbeson, R. (2016). Reconciliation in the Face of Epistemicide. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 38 (2).

Sockbeson, R. (2011). Cipenuk red hope: Weaving policy toward decolonization & beyond. PhD dissertation, University of Alberta.

Sockbeson, R. (2009). Waponahki intellectual tradition of weaving educational policyAlberta Journal of Educational Research, 55 (3), 351-364.