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Rising Tide Center

Enhancing Community

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's ADVANCE program, and our expanded mission of advancing gender equity at higher education institutions across Maine.

Building Partnerships

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 - take the WiSTEMM survey before April 11 to help develop priority projects!

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Timely Topics

WiSTEMM EVENTS and OPINIONS: Women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine take note! A new UMaine group, WiSTEMM, will hold their first annual Spring Symposium on APRIL 26 & 27.

Check out the event agenda on the WiSTEMM page, and plan to attend workshops on negotiating and dealing with imposter syndrome, panel discussions honoring women in science and offering mid-career advice, and a wine and cheese event closer. Register online for one, or all of these events, and don't forget to share your thoughts about future WiSTEMM events by completing the WiSTEMM survey.

ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA: Attend this May 16 networking conference to gain insight into pursuing leadership roles in academia, intervening to challenge biases, finding work-family balance, and the psychological role of relaxation. Review the day's agenda, and register on our EVENTS page.

Faculty Spotlight

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!

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 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.

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Contact Information

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