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Embracing a Culture of Equity, Inclusion, and Community

  • 03 Nov 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine


2023 Conference is in-person only (no recording available after the event).

Session I (4.5 Hours/CEUs)
Are We There Yet?:  Journey to Intercultural Competence

Idella Glenn, Ph. D., CDE

Many individuals have not often carved out time to consider and reflect upon how experiences they have had related to cultural difference and commonalities impact their lives.  In many of our environments where efforts to create equitable places to work, study, and live are under attack, it is important for individuals to be armed with the tools to make an impact at the personal and structural level.   Intercultural competence, the “capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities” is a key skill in navigating the landscape.  Growth in the area of intercultural competence is a lifelong journey.  

This session will present possibilities for the direction of participants’ next step along the continued journey toward intercultural competence.  The session will first set a foundation by reviewing the map of the territory by reviewing the ever-evolving terminology and key components of inclusive language.  Turning inward first, participants will spend time exploring their social identity and reflecting on how their identities have affected their life, work, and relationships.  The next stop on the journey will be to explore a tool that could illuminate next steps – the IDI.  The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) is the premier, cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes.

Participants will spend some time in small groups reviewing and discussing the Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC), which describes a set of orientations toward cultural difference and commonality that are arrayed along a continuum from the more monocultural mindsets of Denial and Polarization through the transitional orientation of Minimization to the intercultural or global mindsets of Acceptance and Adaptation. 

Finally, participants will arrive at the crossroads to set an intention for their individual next steps for personal and professional growth and possible collaborations with fellow psychologists.


  • Review terminology related to equity, inclusion and intercultural competence
  • Explore and discuss the Intercultural Development Continuum
  • Develop written statement for next step on intercultural competence journey


Dr. Glenn serves as Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact at the University of Southern Maine.  Dr. Glenn has 30 years of experience working in higher education and 25 years of experience in the DEI field. She completed her Master’s in Higher Educational Administration at University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Clemson University. She is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, a Certified Diversity Executive and a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory.

Session II (1.5 Hours/CEUs)
Transgender Comprehensive Primer

Ms. Quinn Elleen Gormley

This training will explore the transgender community’s evolving terminology, gender theory, how to ask for pronouns, health disparities facing the community, resiliency factors, gender transition paths and support needs, and targeted best practices. Providers will have an opportunity following the training to list themselves in our community health database. 

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will demonstrate fluent knowledge of transgender community terminology and etiquette.
  • Participants will be able to describe the relationship between varied forms of minoritization, transgender visibility, and transphobic violence and discrimination.
  • Participants will demonstrate conversational fluency addressing transgender people and family units while navigating gender affirming care. 


Ms. Gormley is a white, queer, genderfluid trans woman from Mid Coast Maine. As the Executive Director of MaineTrans.Net, Quinn’s work ranges from community building initiatives, expanding health equity and access across the state, suicide prevention, policy advocacy, and violence prevention. Before MTN, Quinn worked in a variety of community organizing settings, including managing a rural HIV testing program, building rural LGBTQ+ communities, and working on economic and health justice issues. Throughout her work, Quinn believes in centering the wellness of marginalized communities, and that the root of power and liberation can be found in communities that embrace their diversity and interdependence.  Quinn holds a bachelor's degree in public health from the Muskie School of Public Service and has designed and implemented training programs on LGBTQ+ allyship and transgender cultural competency and program evaluation for medical, mental health, and social service providers, community groups, and educators. 

Participant Refund Policy: 

  • Conference registration and/or workshop registration may be canceled with full refund provided written notification is received any time up until two (2) weeks prior to the conference start date. 
  • A 50% refund is available for conference registration and/or workshop registration provided written notification is received during the (2) weeks leading up to the conference. 
  • No refunds will be granted on the conference start date or after. In the case of an emergency/extenuating circumstances, special requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the regional leadership team following the conference. 
  • All fees for special events are non-refundable. 
  • Refund requests should be submitted in writing to the MePA Office.