"Opening doors, opening minds, opening hearts"

Welcome to the UMaine Diversity Leadership Institute

The members of the University of Maine Diversity Leadership Institute (UMDLI) welcome you to our website and invite you to review its contents.  We hope that you find growth and sustenance through reading our Diversity Reflections and researching valuable diversity links through the Sites of Interest, and pursuing the suggested readings in our Resource List.

Established in 2004, the UMDLI offers opportunities for members to participate in diversity training that provides personal growth and prepares them to act as social change agents for the campus and their communities.  Training examines the concepts of discrimination, racism, privilege, prejudice, and stereotyping; allows participants to assess their perceptions about themselves and others with regard to differences and explores the importance of diversity on campus and how diversity enhances the environment; provides participants with the skills to assist in developing and enhancing student, faculty, and staff awareness of racial, ethnic and cultural issues in higher education; and provides the structure to build and nurture ongoing relationships, dialogues, and support systems through an active, growing alumni/alumnae group (alums) that is a catalyst for influencing campus decision-making and goal setting.

For more information, please contact Barbara Cochran at  barbara.cochran@maine.edu or 207.581.3113.

A project of

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In collaboration with

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