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A Message from the Director

Welcome to the Rising Tide Center for Gender Equity at the University of Maine!

Our work at the Rising Tide Center is guided by the notion that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” meaning that through our efforts to create more equitable environments, we provide a more supportive place to learn and work for everyone - regardless of gender.

The Rising Tide Center was launched with a $3.3 million grant from the NSF focused on recruiting, retaining and advancing women faculty in the sciences. While the grant has terminated, we continue this work at UMaine and beyond by engaging our community around gender equity issues. Rising Tide research, outreach, and programming efforts support the academic tenets of our partner academic program, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

We invite you to peruse our site, learn more about our programs, and to offer your support for continuing this work in the future.

Building Community

Targeted Initiatives yield Community Benefits

These campus organizations provide critical support for women across disciplines at UMaine, and 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

ADVANCING TO FULL: Calling all Associate Professors! Learn from a panel of recently promoted colleagues discussing their experiences navigating the promotion to full process. Register and learn more about this Oct. 17 workshop on our EVENTS page.

GOT NETWORKS? Supplement departmental mentoring efforts by developing specific skills that complement your strengths. All faculty are eligible for targeted mentoring, including new and junior faculty, those seeking promotion to full, and senior faculty considering a move to administration. Visit our MENTORING page to learn more.

DIFFICULT DIALOGUES: Is today's political climate forcing you to rethink classroom discussions? Are you worried about stirring controversy? Attend a Nov. 3 workshop facilitated by Dr. Libby Roderick to learn strategies for effectively engaging controversial topics in the classroom and hear discussion of the rights/responsibilities of academic freedom. Seating is limited, so register now!

Inspiring Achievements

Congratulations to ARAM CALHOUN, recipient of the 2017 Rising Tide Career Recognition 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 in New England as a sustainable model for managing vernal pools.

Watch this brief video to learn more about Aram's work.

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