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University of Maine at Augusta

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
46 University Dr
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone
(207) 621-3000
Email address
umaadm@maine.edu
School Information
"UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs. "UMA is the third largest public university in Maine. In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through UMA Centers around the state. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives." The school enrolls 5,800 students and offers 22 undergraduate and 1 master's degree. (Source: https://www.uma.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.uma.edu/about/facts/) (Source: https://www.uma.edu/academics/programs/)
General Information
The University of Maine at Augusta has brought in artists, like BreakBeat Poets, to promote diverse voices and anti-racist tactics. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university has hosted a multitude of race and social justice events this year. During this spring semester, it most notably held discussions on "Race & Social Justice Issues with Climate Change" and "Slavery in the American Criminal Justice System."
Program and Research Funding
  • The DEI Council seeks to “establish institutional funding for ongoing education and training programs in DEI areas, to include regular professional development opportunities for all members of the community.”
  • The DEI Council will “organize and promote workshops, activities, professional development, and research in DEI related areas and advocate that these opportunities be supported and rewarded through administrative and institutional support.”
  • The school gave out mini grants from the DEI Council in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Resources
  • The University of Maine at Augusta will host BreakBeat Poets to promote diverse voices, as well as anti-racist tactics.
  • The university provided a list of books on diversity, equity, and inclusion broken down by age range.
  • The DEI Council commits to a goal where it will “intentionally prioritize and support faculty efforts to integrate DEI research, tools, and perspectives into their curriculum and classroom practices.”
  • The school hosted an event on May 23, 2023 for “Understanding and Confronting Bias,” which was a workshop held for staff and faculty.
Symbolic Actions
  • The school states that it is “proud to affirm our ongoing commitment to an education that is diverse, inclusive, equitable and anti-racist.”
  • The school has a DEI Council which will “promote a long-term and sustained culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that is flexible, evolving, and open to continual improvement.”
  • Another goal of the DEI Council is to “create a shared culture of DEI through deliberate and public expressions of DEI values.”
  • Through the DEI Council, the school will “intentionally recruit and retain faculty, students, and staff that reflect multicultural and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.”
  • Apart from the DEI Council, the school also is home to JEDI, which will be working towards “developing, celebrating, and supporting initiatives to advance Strategy #5 (Foster Inclusion) of the UMA Strategic Plan and advocating for institutional resources to further realize this strategy.”
Last updated May 22nd, 2024
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