We offer programs and services throughout the year aimed at supporting our diverse student body and community. Our Diversity Leadership Certificate program raises your cultural awareness and contributes to your personal and professional development. The Safe Space Training Program and other LGBTQ support services help to foster an inclusive and understanding environment on campus. We also help connect you with opportunities to express your religious and spiritual needs.
The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement monitors the climate of UNE’s individual campuses toward traditionally underrepresented populations and works to improve the climate. The next climate survey is anticipated to launch in February 2017.
UNE Safe Space is a three-hour training program that helps you understand the challenges that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons experience. The program includes reflective exercises, discussion and interactive activities that help to shape a school culture that is accepting of all people, inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or any other difference. You emerge from the program better prepared to be a supportive and visible ally, and you receive a door sign to let people know you are a “Safe Space,” where they can be open about themselves without fear of criticism or hatred. Everyone deserves to learn and work in an environment that is supportive and friendly, and Safe Space combats the anti-LGBTQ bias that affects school performance and the mental and emotional health of students who experience it.
- Monday, 10/9 at 5 p.m. (Students Only, Biddeford)
- Thursday, 10/12 at 1 p.m. (Employees, Portland)
- Friday, 10/13 at 1 p.m. (Employees, Biddeford)
The UNE Diversity Leadership Certificate is a co-curricular leadership development program designed to increase students’ awareness about intercultural and social justice issues and provide opportunities for experiential learning with diverse communities. Once you complete the 18+ hour year-long program, you receive a Diversity Leadership Certificate that you can include on your UNE co-curricular transcript and resume. Learn more
Staff from the OISE are available to facilitate workshops regarding cultural diversity and understanding. Contact the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 602-2461 to schedule an interactive workshop for your department or group.