Racial Equity

GPCOG webinar series

The role of local government in advancing racial equity

As a result of the national and local protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, our region’s municipal leaders are reflecting on what they can do to create a more just and equitable society for people of color. GPCOG will be hosting a series of webinars for municipal leaders on racial equity with content provided by national-level presenters and local experts. Topics will include policy areas in which cities and towns play a significant leadership role, including land use, housing, transportation, education, social services and policing.

Recent webinars

Race

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Cases


This Aug. 11 webinar focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 cases in Maine.

Panelists include Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop, Leana Amaez, Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Elisabeth Wilson, a Maine Medical Center physician who has studied the impact of racial disparities in health, and Dr. Lisa Letourneau, a Senior Advisor at Maine DHHS.

Sana Osman, Mohammed Hassan and Sanaa Abduljabbar from the Maine Access Immigrant Network, and Crystal Cron, President of the Latinx community organization Presente! Maine, discuss their first-hand experiences supporting their communities during the pandemic.


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DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION BY LISA LETOURNEAU  

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION BY BETH WILSON

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Why We Need to Talk

This July 8 webinar is moderated by Dwayne S. Marsh, who recently completed a four-year term as Co-director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). The alliance works to normalize conversations about race and help municipalities advance opportunities for all. During Marsh’s tenure, the membership network of local, regional, and state entities grew from just over 20 to nearly 200 participating jurisdictions.

GPCOG staffer Victoria Pelletier talks about her experience as a woman of color growing up in Maine. Former Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster discusses his personal journey on understanding issues of race, and Westbrook City Councilor Claude Rwaganje recounts his experiences as an immigrant from Africa living in Maine.

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DOWNLOAD DWAYNE MARSH’S PRESENTATION

DOWNLOAD BILL WEBSTER’S PRESENTATION