The Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity provides an array of educational lectures, co-curricular programs and workshops, and student leadership opportunities that promote diversity and enhance intercultural understanding. Most events are open to the entire UNE community and many are open to the general public as well.
UNE Diversity Lecture Series
UNE Diversity Lecture Series brings speakers and programs to both campuses that critically examine issues of diversity, equity, and justice and promote a more diverse and culturally pluralistic community. Past speakers include government officials, activists, businesspeople, authors, artists, professors, and students. Learn more
Workshops and Trainings
Workshops & Trainings are offered on various intercultural themes in collaboration with resident advisors (RAs) within the Office of Residential Education & Housing. If you would like to have a program about a particular topic on cultural diversity or intercultural understanding brought to your floor or residence hall, please contact your RA.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is an institutional event held annually to commemorate the life and legacy of MLK, Jr. with keynote speakers, cultural events, volunteer opportunities, and other activities that promote social justice. Learn more
Trailblazer Intercultural Excursion
The one-day Trailblazer Intercultural Excursion, held as part of orientation/welcome back week, is geared toward first-year undergraduate multicultural and LGBTQ students, as well as any student interested in intercultural programs and diversity on campus. The excursion offers students a chance to meet new and current UNE students from diverse backgrounds. Join us for an interactive exploration of Portland's Old Port area, as well as wonderful food from a local ethnic restaurant. We will then partake in a fun and challenging ropes course to build connections. At the end of the program, students will participate in the Fall Traditional Orientation program. Learn more
If you're interested in applying for TB ICE, please email Jonathan Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by July 19th.
Multicultural & International Student Graduation
Multicultural & International Student Graduation is a celebration held each spring in collaboration with the University of New England, the University of Southern Maine, and Southern Maine Community College to recognize and celebrate graduating multicultural and international students (and other students closely connected to the Office of Multicultural Affairs).
UNE Celebration of Light
UNE Celebration of Light recognizes the vast religious and spiritual backgrounds that make up our university community; we promote on- and off-campus events that celebrate multicultural seasonal holidays and traditions including Eid ul Fitr, Diwali, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, and Christmas.
International Children's Festival
International Children's Festival is held each spring for elementary school-aged students from the Biddeford/Saco community to promote cross-cultural understanding, create goodwill, and raise students’ awareness of the wider global community. The program is co-sponsored by the Global Education Program and hosted by UNE multicultural/international/study abroad students.
Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)
The Mission of IPEC is to educate practitioners, scholars, and researchers to work together and with patients and clients for relationship-centered health care that is comprehensive, collaborative, caring, safe, and continuous throughout the life cycle. Multicultural Affairs participates in IPEC activities to help foster cross-cultural understanding and coordinate programs that raise awareness of multicultural/diversity issues as they relate to healthcare professionals.
Learn more about the IPEC curriculum, research, programs, and activities.
Multicultural Affairs staff works closely with student groups, faculty and staff from other UNE departments across both campuses to collaborate on programs. We are always open to suggestions for speakers or programming ideas. For more information on ways to get involved, contact the Director of Multicultural Affairs at email@example.com or (207) 602-2461.