Statement of Purpose

UMM Equity & Inclusion Team

Purpose: To create a culture of inclusion at the University of Maine at Machias that embraces diversity, encourages civil discourse and makes all members of the UMM community feel safe and empowered.

Mission: The UMM Equity & Inclusion Team works to:

  • Provide Campus-wide inclusion programming and support student organizations in planning and executing their own programming
  • Provide trainings to staff, faculty and students around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Create safe spaces where members of the UMM Community from diverse backgrounds can engage in civil discourse
  • Support students, staff and faculty that come from underrepresented minority groups
  • Build a community that encourages students to be active bystanders

Diversity at UMM 

Vision Statement on the Role of Diversity in Higher Education

Our vision of diversity is that of a resource that invigorates the learning process and energizes the campus community being mindful that it can be a source of misunderstandings and wasted potential. Diversity is the tie that binds, linking together the curricular and the extra-curricular, the individual and the collective, and one group to another. Diversity also underscores the need to examine, reaffirm, and cultivate certain individual and institutional values. Experience has shown that diversity initiatives are most like to succeed in environments characterized by strongly shared values, including the value of academic excellence, civic responsibility, self-respect, and good will towards members of the campus community. Diversity invigorates the two major types of learning that take place in the university: academic learning that occurs in the classroom and interpersonal learning that takes place outside the classroom in sites like residence halls and the library.

University of Maine at Machias Demographic Information

For a breakdown of demographic information you can view the Common Data Sets from 2001 through the 2017-2018 academic year.

Events & Trainings

Upcoming Events

Latin American Cultural Dinner – Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Kilburn Commons – 4:00pm-6:00pm
Dawnland Movie Screening – Monday, September 24, 2018 – Performing Arts Center – 6:00pm
Iron Jawed Angels Movie Screening – Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Science Building Room 102 – 6:00pm
Huntley Brook Singers – Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Performing Arts Center – 7:00pm
Black Girl in Maine Speaker – Monday, November 5, 2018 – Performing Arts Center – 7:00pm

Past Events

Resources

On Campus

100% Society – Advocating awareness and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other groups, UMM’s 100% Society is a student organization that supports students and local community members who belong to a gender / sexual minority or have friends or family members who do. UMM’s Student Senate and Office of Student Engagement & Inclusion provide support for the 100% Society and the Gender & Sexual Diversity Resource Center. Check them out here on the Student Organizations page!

Black Student Union (BSU) – The Black Student Union is committed to building a strong and inclusive UMM through programs and events that support an ethnic and racially diverse community. Check them out here on the Student Organizations page!

Contact Information

If you have any questions, would like to provide feedback, have some neat event ideas, or have general comments, please feel free to contact any of the team members below!

Beth Russet – Student Health Coordinator – beth.russet@maine.edu

Brianna Schmidt – Admissions Counselor – brianna.schmidt@maine.edu

Jacob Hanley – Assistant Director of Student Engagement & Inclusion – jacob.hanley@maine.edu

Tess Giordano – Assistant Director of Residential Education & Commuter Life – mary.giordano@maine.edu