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A Message from the Director

Welcome to the Rising Tide Center for Gender Equity at the University of Maine!

Our work at the Rising Tide Center is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” meaning that through our efforts to create more equitable environments, we provide a more supportive place to learn and work for everyone - regardless of gender.

The Rising Tide Center was launched with a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation focused on recruiting, retaining and advancing women faculty in the sciences. While the grant has terminated, we continue this work at UMaine and beyond by engaging our community around gender equity issues. Rising Tide research, outreach, and programming efforts support the academic tenets of our partner academic program, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

We invite you to peruse our site, learn more about our programs, and to offer your support for continuing this work in the future.

Dr. Susan Gardner is the Director Rising Tide Center and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Building Community

Targeted Initiatives yield Community Benefits

These campus organizations provide critical support for women across disciplines at UMaine, and 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 and post-docs in all departments and disciplines;

WiSTEMM: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. This group welcomes input from all members of the UMaine community to ensure that all voices are heard and all ideas receive equal consideration.

Timely Topics

MEANINGFUL MENTORING: Celebrate your distinguished colleagues as we recognize UMaine's outstanding faculty mentor for 2017, Ellie Groden. Learn more about her dedication to championing junior colleagues and facilitating their success by watching this brief video. And don't forget to congratulate Ellie when you see her on campus!

LEAVE A LEGACY; Be a MENTOR: The Rising Tide Center is seeking senior faculty to serve as mentors to new and junior faculty, and those seeking promotion to full professor. Watch for more information here, or call the Rising Tide Center to volunteer today!

REWORKING: These Google resources illustrate effective methods of making the UN-conscious conscious. Giving your first thoughts a second look may reveal subtle attitudes that are influencing your relationships and your work.

NEW FACULTY EVENTS: Visit our ‎EVENTS page for a list of hot topics and training sessions set for New Faculty Orientation Week August 21-25.

Inspiring Achievements

Congratulations to ARAM CALHOUN, recipient of the 2017 Rising Tide Career Recognition Award.

With this award we honor Aram's achievements in the field of conservation biology, including development of a vernal pool management plan endorsed by stakeholders, scientists and the Army Corps of Engineers; a plan being implemented across New England as a sustainable model for managing vernal pools.

Watch this brief video to learn more about her work, and don't forget to congratulate Aram when you see her!

Rising Tide Advocates & Allies

Advocates and Allies support Rising Tide initiatives because they recognize that an equitable climate is good for everyone.

The first step to creating an inclusive community is recognizing that we all have subtle notions that affect our actions.

Identifying 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 institution could benefit from a focused equity movement. The Rising Tide Advocates & Allies are happy to help!

Rising Tide Center
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 102
Orono, Maine 04469-5728
Phone: 207-581-3439
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469