“Diversity is not the objective. It is a means to facilitate our achieving the critical objective: innovation.” – National Science Foundation
Evolution of the Rising Tide Center
The Rising Tide Center was established with $3.3M in funding from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program. With this support, the University of Maine succeeded in:
- Meeting or exceeding most targets for recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in STEM fields at UMaine;
- Fostering changes in workplace policies and campus climates;
- Increasing job satisfaction among women STEM faculty; and
- Serving more than 80% of UMaine faculty through voluntary participation in at least one Rising Tide Center event.
The data-driven methods used to implement and sustain these positive changes at UMaine include offering professional development opportunities for faculty, encouraging utilization of family-friendly policies, establishing a dual-career support system to attract and retain faculty talent, introducing a targeted mentoring program, and offering best-practices training for administrators and search and peer committee members.
In recognition of the success of ADVANCE initiatives implemented at UMaine and exemplifying the center’s partnership with administration, the Provost provides oversight and financial support for the Rising Tide Center. As the center continues to evolve, we seek to serve a broader stakeholder base with a renewed focus on creating and supporting gender equity at UMaine.