The University of Maine is committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. That environment, critical to the vigorous discovery/learning processes that define a university, also depends on diversity–diversity of ideas, cultures, experiences and backgrounds. The challenge, for all of us, is to seek out diversity, which is the lifeblood of a healthy intellectual environment, and to recruit and retain people who are traditionally under represented on our campus.
The University’s Diversity Action Plan guides our efforts to achieve seven key goals: communicate clearly and affirmatively the University’s commitment to diversity; make substantial progress on our Affirmative Action goals; retain employees of difference; value diversity as an essential component of the curriculum; increase the percentage of undergraduate and graduate students of color; retain those students through degree completion; and offer programming to sustain a community of respect for differences.
Many groups and departments at The University of Maine participate in the activities that fulfill these goals. This website includes links to those units, as well as to information on the diversity efforts coordinated by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. We hope you will take the time to learn more about the University of Maine’s diversity activities and welcome your involvement in this critically important academic endeavor.
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Image Description: Students visiting the multicultural center