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About Us - Vision and Mission


Our vision is to actively and enthusiastically support the University of Maine as it aspires to be the most distinctively student-centered and community-engaged of the American Research Universities. We will accomplish this through the development of fully engaged students in a vibrant and purposeful community life that nurtures, guides and motivates them to realize their fullest academic and personal potential.



The Division of Student Life actively joins with students, faculty and staff to provide programs, services and co-curricular experiences that foster an inclusive and supportive community which not only enhance students’ academic and personal growth but also positively contribute to the globally conscious and productive graduates they become.


The Division of Student Life has organized its efforts and initiatives into seven categories which form the acronym STRIDES:

                  S = Students

                  T = Technology

                  R = Responsibility

                  I = Inclusivity

                  D = Development

                  E = Engagement

                  S = Staff

We are in the process of developing specific and measurable objectives in each of these seven areas. This is being done through seven small groups headed by fourteen (14) co-leaders. Their work will begin in earnest in the Fall 2013 semester. The charge of each small group is to develop, by December 31, 2013, not only an overarching philosophical statement but also 3-5 objectives designed to move the Division of Student Life closer to realizing its vision. We are excited for the work of these groups which will be populated by members of the Division of Student Life as well as others both on and off campus.

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