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Sackman-Ebuwa, B.E.L.I.E.V.E. creator, serves as next Libra speaker

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present nationally recognized educator and Florida Teacher of the Year Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa as the next speaker in its 2021-2022 Libra Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. She will deliver a talk titled B.E.L.I.E.V.E.! in Emotional Intelligence: Navigating the Intrapersonal Pillar of TEI for Everyday Personal Excellence. The event, which will also be offered virtually through UMPI’s Facebook page, is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

In an effort to best ensure the health and safety of campus and community members, campus visitors must be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test result within the past 72 hours to enter campus buildings, and face coverings are required while indoors on campus. Exceptions can be made to this requirement with appropriate approval from campus administration.

In her highly energetic and interactive talk, Sackman-Ebuwa will help attendees to learn about the Intrapersonal Pillar of Transformative Emotional Intelligence (TEI) and the positive impact it has on personal growth, resilience, and mental health.

“With real talk and self-awareness as it pertains to living, learning, and loving in our present climate, we’ll engage in four strategic techniques that help achieve meaningful growth and change, bring out individual potential for intelligent self-direction, and new behaviors that lead to a stronger, healthier relationships – especially with oneself,” Sackman-Ebuwa said. “Focusing on Visions, Values, Non-Negotiables, and the Power of Boundaries, attendees will see the positive impact each has on managing, understanding, regulating, and balancing emotions for improved goal setting and becoming your best!”

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa is known as The Lab Coat Teacher and affectionately “Miss Dorito” by ELL (English Language Learner) students from around the world. A Top 4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year and Florida Teacher of the Year, she takes her 24-year ELL/Bilingual classroom experiences and doctoral research on Emotional Intelligence and travels the globe (virtually right now) inspiring, motivating, empowering, and elevating people with professional and personal learning that starts from within.

From trainings from the heart using her YouTube Channel BELIEVE_Café, to her authentic and humorous real talk “Keyshops” on reflequity® through Emotional IntELLigence, she encourages all to B.E.L.I.E.V.E.! ® – Be the Educators who Lead to Inspire and Empower Via Empathy!

When not wearing the many hats of an educator, she dons a Stetson and works on her “Franch”, tending to her beloved special needs rescue cows, goats, chickens, ponies, mini donkeys, and barn cat named “Cool Ranch”. Find her on twitter @Dorina_BELIEVE or visit www.dorinasackman.com.

The University’s Libra Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 1999. Each year, the LDLS Committee sponsors four to six speakers who come from Maine and beyond, representing a range of disciplines and viewpoints. While the emphasis tends to be on featuring visiting academics, it is not exclusively so. The speakers typically spend two days at the University meeting with classes and presenting a community lecture.

UMPI welcomes the campus and community to hear Sackman-Ebuwa speak on Oct. 28. For more information about this event, contact Lisa Smith at 207-768- 9525 or email lisa.m.smith@maine.edu.