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Rising Tide Center

Rising Tide Goals

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.

Rising Tide Leadership

Targeted Initiatives yield Community Benefits

While the University of Maine's ADVANCE grant is directed at retaining and advancing women faculty in STEM and Social and Behavioral Sciences, working toward this goal benefits all UMaine faculty.

Read more from Dr. Jeff Hecker, ADVANCE Principal Investigator and UMaine's Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

A Word from our Director, Dr. Shannon McCoy
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.

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Rising Tide Topics

JOIN OUR TEAM: The University of Maine seeks a dynamic, experienced scholar to serve in as the Director of the Rising Tide Center and the Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Learn more by visiting Employment at UMaine.

WiSTEMM: Be part of a new group at UMaine seeking to project a unified voice for women faculty. WiSTEMM, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine is recruiting members and officers right now! Visit our EVENTS page for more information about WiSTEMM, and to register for an introductory meeting on Dec. 7.

KNOWLEDGE CENTER: The comprehensive resources available from are helpful, relevant and FREE. Tap into this library to learn more about women in leadership, gender equity, work-life balance, mentoring, and more.

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 ADVANCE 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 Advocates & Allies. We look forward to continuing our collaboration!

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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