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ADVANCE Rising Tide Center

ADVANCE Rising Tide Goals

Our focus is on increasing the percentage of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Social-Behavioral Science (SBS) fields to diversify the workforce. Methods include improving the climate at UMaine, reducing isolation and providing professional development opportunities for women faculty.

Learn more about the mission of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.

This work is funded by National Science Foundation ADVANCE IT Grant No. 1008498. The findings, opinions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the investigators and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Science Foundation.

Rising Tide Leadership

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. Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and ADVANCE Principal Investigator.

Welcome to the Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine! Our work is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”

Read a message from Dr. Amy Blackstone, Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Director of the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center.

Meet the ADVANCE co-investigators here, and follow this link to learn more about our partners.

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SAVE THE DATE: May 17, 2016. Plan to attend the 5th annual Rising Tide networking event, ADVANCING Women in Academia. Erin Kelly, whose research was recently featured in the work issue of the New York Times magazine, will offer the keynote. Find more information and a conference agenda on our EVENTS page, and register online beginning May 2.

CATALYST CAN: Catalyst is a global non-profit working to create inclusive workplaces and a diverse workforce. Check out their FREE online resources, like this Work-Life Balance module, that can help us create equitable workplaces.

GOT BIAS? You're not alone. We all have subtle biases that affect our actions. Join the Rising Tide Advocates and Allies at our May networking conference to learn how to reduce implicit biases. Visit our EVENTS page for more information about our signature annual event.

Honoring Excellence

The Rising Tide Center is pleased to recognize three of UMaine's most inspiring women faculty in 2016.

Rebecca Van Beneden
Career Recognition Award

Adrienne White
Career Recognition Award

Carol Kim
Excellence In Faculty Mentoring

Congratulations to these outstanding role models.

Click the names above to view a brief video featuring the awardees and their nominators.

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 explore the subtle notions that may be affecting your actions.

If you missed the APRIL 26 Advocates & Allies event at UMaine, you can catch their workshop at our May 17 networking conference, ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA. Attendees will hear evidence-based strategies that can be applied to address implicit bias in the workplace and in diverse environments and situations.

Visit our EVENTS page for more information about the networking conference. All are welcome - online registration begins on May 1.

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Contact Information

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