Diversity, Equity and Inclusion news

CCIDS celebrates 22 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies graduates

Twenty-two University of Maine students were honored during the 2022 Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Celebration of Achievement on April 26.  Three students were recognized for completing the Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Nineteen undergraduates — three of whom were 2021 honorees — were recognized for completing the minor in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies. Students completing the […]

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UMaine’s first equal opportunity director to receive honorary degree

The University of Maine will award an honorary doctorate to JoAnn Fritsche, UMaine’s first director of equal opportunity and also director of the Women’s Development Program, whose vision and leadership transformed the university’s curricula to be more inclusive, and led to the creation of a women’s studies program. Fritsche, of University Place, Washington, a longtime […]

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Survey seeks feedback about diversity, equity and inclusion on campus

Leaders of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias are asking students, faculty, staff and administrators to participate in a survey about their experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion on campus by March 31.   The voluntary survey administered by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) should take about 15 minutes to […]

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Jennifer Smith-Mayo: Rethinking how we talk about science

Jennifer Smith-Mayo was in the United Kingdom filming a documentary about a Jesuit priest when she felt a calling.  Smith-Mayo had been working as a photographer and videographer for most of her professional life. Her resume is diverse, working for well-known outlets such as National Geographic and Down East in locations all over the world, […]

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2022 Hartman Awards to be presented April 1

The 2022 Maryann Hartman Awards recognizing the inspirational achievements of Maine women will be presented to community leader and certified nursing assistant ZamZam Mohamud of Lewiston; recently retired Opportunity Housing, Inc., founding president and CEO Bonnie-Jean Brooks of Stockton Springs; and long-time senior executive and UMaine alumna Susan Bell of Hallowell, former director of the […]

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Breen and Millett help NH-ME LEND trainees prepare for Disability Policy Seminar

In late January, the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program hosted a two-state panel discussion as part of its virtual Spring Kick Off Event, “Organizing to Influence Your State’s Policy.” Maine State Senator Catherine Breen and State Representative Sawin Millett were joined on the panel by two parent advocates and two […]

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CCIDS profiles Step Up Program participant

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) recently posted a story on its website, “A college exploration conversation with Jake and Christy.” The article features Jake, a high school junior on the autism spectrum who is exploring his college options and attended a UMaine campus tour with his mother, Christy, […]

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Board authorizes $14 million investment in UMaine women’s athletic facilities

Orono, Maine — The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved up to $14 million to implement priority 1 athletic field improvements to the University of Maine varsity soccer, softball and field hockey venues starting this spring, and to continue planning and design of the UMaine athletics facilities master plan.   The improvements are […]

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