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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 Institutional Transformation program, and our expanded mission of advancing gender equity at public and private 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 and post-docs in all departments and disciplines;
WiSTEMM: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine. This group welcomes input from all members of the UMaine community to ensure that all voices are heard and all ideas receive equal consideration!

Timely Topics

JOIN OUR TEAM: The Rising Tide Center and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies program is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the '17-'18 academic year. Find more info about this amazing opportunity, including a job description and list of required skills, on our Graduate School Website.

MEANINGFUL MENTORING: Celebrate your distinguished colleagues as we recognize UMaine's outstanding faculty mentor for 2017, Ellie Groden. Learn more about her dedication to championing junior colleagues and facilitating their success by watching this brief video. And don't forget to congratulate Ellie when you see her on campus!

REWORKING: These Google resources illustrate effective methods of making the UN-conscious conscious. Giving your first thoughts a second look may reveal subtle attitudes that are influencing your relationships and your work.

NEW FACULTY EVENTS: Visit our ‎EVENTS page for a list of hot topics and training sessions set for New Faculty Orientation Week August 21-25.

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