Evolution of the Rising Tide Center
The Rising Tide Center was established in 2010 with funding from the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program. During the project period, the University of Maine achieved a number of important milestones, including:
- Meeting new goals for recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in STEM and Social-Behavioral Sciences;
- Fostering positive change in workplace policies and climate;
- Increasing job satisfaction among women STEM/SBS faculty; and
- Serving more than 80% of faculty through voluntary participation at one or more Rising Tide events.
An Expanded Mission and a New Wave
In recognition of the success of the ADVANCE initiatives implemented at UMaine, and exemplifying the center’s partnership with campus administration, the Office of Academic Affairs provides financial support and oversight for the Rising Tide Center.
The center now serves a broader stakeholder base with a renewed focus on advancing gender equity at UMaine, and at other higher education institutions in the University system and across Maine.