For the last 6 years, the focus of Rising Tide initiatives has been on increasing the percentage of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social-Behavioral Science (SBS) fields at UMaine. Effective methods of diversifying our faculty have included enhancing the climate at UMaine, clarifying policies and procedures that affect retention, reducing isolation, and providing professional and leadership development opportunities for women faculty.
Learn more about the history of the Rising Tide Center, which was launched with support from the National Science Foundation, and our expanded mission of advancing gender equity at higher education institutions across Maine.
Targeted Initiatives yield Community Benefits
Welcome to the website of the Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine! Our work at the Rising Tide Center is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
Read more from Dr. McCoy, social Pyschologist, and Interim Director of the Rising Tide Center.
Advocating for Equity
These campus organizations provide critical support for women across the academic pipeline.
Association of Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W): a new chapter at UMaine;
SWIFT: Supporting Women in Forestry Today: for women in forestry-related fields;
UMaine Women in Academia: connecting women graduate students in all disciplines;
WiSTEMM: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.
MEANINGFUL MENTORING: It's not too late! The nomination period for the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring award is open through March 31. Why not recognize faculty who support their colleagues by sharing expertise and experience! Nominate your mentor online today.
SAVE THE DATE: MAY 16, 2017: Mark you calendars for Advancing Women in Academia, our annual networking conference that brings together colleagues from across Maine to address gender equity and other issues relevant to the advancement of women faculty. Find more information on our EVENTS page.
GOT NEW FACULTY: Are you focused on faculty retention? Attend this April 13 workshop to learn about best practices in mentoring, and about resources that can ensure faculty satisfaction and success. Visit our EVENTS page to learn more and to register online.
Say hello to Danielle Levesque, Assistant Professor of Mammalogy and Mammalian Health.
Danielle joined the School of Biology & Ecology in December 2015 with a joint appointment in the Climate Change Institute. As a member of the research team at the interdisciplinary Center for One Health & the Environment, her work will focus on the impacts of environmental change on animal health and adaptation.
As she establishes her research agenda, Danielle is looking for motivated students and innovative collaborators. Read some of Danielle's perspectives on a variety of topics here, and then stop by Hitchner Hall to offer a UMaine welcome!
Advocates and Allies support Rising Tide initiatives because they recognize that an equitable climate is good for everyone.
The first step to improving our climate is recognizing that we all have biases. Take the implicit association test linked here to gain insight into the subtle notions that may be affecting your actions.
Identifying appropriate bias literacy resources can be difficult, particularly when the goal is workplace education. Our resources include group and individual strategies geared toward understanding and eliminating unconscious biases. Explore these tools and consider how your research group, your department or your college could benefit from a focused equity movement.
Many thanks to our 2016-2017 Advocates & Allies. We look forward to continuing our collaboration far into the future.