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Dirigo is the premier professional development opportunity provided to all members of Maine's Community College staff and faculty. It brings us together to connect, learn from, and share with our colleagues and hear from nationally-recognized leaders in higher education and workforce development. 

New This Year! Attendees have the chance to earn the Dirigo 2024 digital badge. Learn more at the Digital Badging session on Day One or through the event app, Whova. 

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Sara is a nationally renowned expert in the fields of college affordability and college students’ basic needs. She is passionate about increasing educational opportunity, eliminating inequalities, and countering structural racism. Sara’s work as a researcher and advocate has earned several awards and honors, including a Carnegie Fellowship, a William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award, and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award.


For nearly 20 years, Sara taught at the intersection of higher education policy and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Temple University, where she founded the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice – a nationally recognized center leading research and advocacy focused on meeting college students’ basic needs. Sara has published dozens of groundbreaking studies that sparked the #RealCollege movement and inspired federal and state legislation as well as countless privately funded programs. She has also testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Dr. Jamila Dugan

Dr. Jamila Dugan is an educator, coach, and author who has spent her career uplifting the experiences of students, families, and educators whose voices have historically been marginalized. Her work weaves together ancestral knowledge legacies, strength-based coaching approaches, and strategic thinking to open up worlds of possibility. She works with educators to align visions for creating a more abundant future to everyday impact on the next generation of leaders and students. Her academic credentials include a doctorate in Education Leadership for Equity from the University of California, Berkeley; a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University; and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fresno State University. As a writer and speaker, Jamila focuses on carrying on the tradition of planting seeds of inspiration for educators to enable the next generation to grow and flourish.

As you are making your reservations, please make sure to use the Group codes listed below. 

Please make sure to call the hotels directly. 


250 Haskell Rd, Bangor, ME 04401
207-262-0099 for reservations (Group Code: EMDE)

261 Haskell Road, Bangor
207-990-4400 (Request the MCCS Dirigo Room Block)


Schedule (subject to change)

Wednesday, June 12

8:00 – 9:00

Arrival & Registration (continental breakfast available)

9:00 - 9:40

Welcome: President Daigler

9:40 – 11:00

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab - All Students, All Paths

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 11:45

Strategic Plan Pillars/Metrics: Julia Trujillo Luengo

11:45 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:45

Breakout #1: Choose from the following

Breakout Sessions

Wheel of Waypoints


MCCS Digital Badging

Realities of Transfer

Creating a Culture of Collaboration

1:45 – 2:00


2:00 – 3:15

Breakout #2: Guided Affinity Group Discussions (by role)

3:15 – 3:30


3:30 – 4:45

Breakout #3

Breakout Sessions

Through the CreAItivity Looking Glass

Prison Education – A Holistic Downeast Approach with Statewide Reach

Assumptions & Insights in Data Visualization

Committing to Completion: Lessons Learned from Whole-College Reform

Beyond Shadowing

4:45 – 5:00


5:00 - 6:00

Social Hour

6:00 – 8:00


Thursday, June 13

7:30 – 8:30

Continental Breakfast; Thursday-only participant check-in

8:30 – 9:00

Welcome: Day Two

9:00 – 10:15

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jamila Dugan – Interactive Q&A

10:15- 10:30


10:30– 11:30

Meritorious Awards

11:30 - 12:45


12:45 – 1:30

Breakout #4: Topical Discussions

Topical Areas

Student Transition from High School to Post-secondary

Work-Life Balance

Employer Engagement

Contracts/ HR

Student Engagement


Open Forum


1:30 – 1:45


1:45 – 2:30

Breakout #5

Breakout Sessions

Inclusive Pedagogy

Embracing Differences

Grant Writing

Skills Training to Matriculation


Combatting Food Insecurity

2:30 – 3:15

Final Wrap Up




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