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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!

Timely Topics

SHAPING WiSTEMM: Women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine take note! WiSTEMM is looking for input to shape the group's agenda. Share your thoughts by completing the WiSTEMM survey before May 12.

ACCESSIBLE ROLE MODELS: Be inspired by distinguished women who will offer strategies and advice to motivate all. This plenary session at the May 16 conference will feature academic executives from Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, Husson University, Maine Maritime Academy, the University of New England, UMaine, and UMaine School of Law. Learn more by visiting our EVENTS page using the link below.

ADVANCING WOMEN IN ACADEMIA: Attend this May 16 event to gain strategies for intervening to challenge biases, finding work-family balance, protecting time for scholarly writing, making time for relaxation, and more. Review the agenda on our EVENTS page. THIS EVENT IS NOW AT CAPACITY - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Inspiring Achievements

Congratulations to ARAM CALHOUN, recipient of the 2017 Rising Tide Career Recognition Award.

With this award we honor Aram's achievements in the field of conservation biology, including development of a vernal pool management plan endorsed by stakeholders, scientists and the Army Corps of Engineers; a plan being implemented across New England as a sustainable model for managing vernal pools.

Watch this brief video to learn more about her work, and don't forget to congratulate Aram when you see her!

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 creating an inclusive community is recognizing that we all have subtle notions that affect our actions.

Identifying 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 institution could benefit from a focused equity movement. The Rising Tide Advocates & Allies are happy to help!

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