UMFK has made a commitment to celebrate and embrace diversity on our campus and in the community. Not only will you experience the sights and sounds of diverse cultures but at many events, you will also be able to taste food from all over the world.
The statements found below express the views of our global campus and the educational cultures that we all participate in.
If you are interested in participating in diversity initiatives and supporting diversity issues on campus please contact the Student Affairs office at (207) 834-7513.
The Student Affairs Department at UMFK, through the provision of services and multi-faceted programming, serves to provide a diverse living and learning community for all students.
The Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s position on diversity stems from the mission and value statements of the institution, as well as statements and broader philosophies contained in the University of Maine at Fort Kent Strategic Plan 2003-2008.
The Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs appreciates the value and enrichment that a diverse student body, faculty, and staff provide the institution. It is the position of the Office that an educational community possessing members of varied races, religions, creeds, ethnicities, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, and the like enriches the educational experience based upon the diversity of perspectives in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, this same diversity allows students, staff, and faculty to grow socially based upon interactions between members of the educational community.
Beyond simply adhering to federal and state regulations regarding diversity, it is the hope and expectation of the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs that the institution will proactively seek to recruit students, staff, and faculty that add to the diversity of the campus community.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), Division of Nursing’s (DON) position on diversity stems from its mission. Faculty and staff are committed to promoting a learning environment that reflects a global view of society. The faculty philosophy statements also support and reflect a holistic view of health, person, nursing, and environment. Furthermore, the DON’s commitment to diversity is congruent with the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing Statement on Diversity and Equal Opportunity (1997), which states: “Diversity includes consideration of socioeconomic class, gender, age, religious belief, sexual orientation, and physical disabilities, as well as race and ethnicity. Diversity and equality of opportunity recognize that individuals learn from exposure to and interaction with others who have backgrounds and characteristics different from their own.” (p. 1).
To this end, the UMFK DON will:
The Information Services Department includes the library, web services, audio-visual services, academic/administrative computing, distance education, and the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. The mission of the department is to support the curriculum. It understands the need for diversity in many areas. Staff members are willing to work with a diverse clientele, creatively finding ways to help them achieve their goals. They also provide one-on-one instruction and give workshops to help staff, faculty, students, and the public of all ages and economic backgrounds, particularly involving computing.
The diversity of the student body is a key requirement of our diversity plan. A diverse faculty and welcoming classroom climate are crucial to the success of these efforts. Every effort will be made at the divisional level to insure that all hiring practices follow EEO procedures developed by the UMS to insure a diverse faculty.
Academic programs and class content in the Division of Arts and Sciences will advance knowledge and understanding of the challenging issues associated with diversity.
Welcoming differences among faculty and students in the Division will depend upon the ability of each individual to respect the diversity of others.
Listening, as well as speaking, is essential when discussing issues that promote diversity.
Our division acknowledges the importance of the continual effort to promote diversity.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Human Resources Office is not only committed to the principles and ideals of pluralism but is also responsible for assisting in the education of our workforce regarding these ideals and ensuring compliance with applicable UMS Board of Trustee policies and procedures and state and federal regulations. We value diversity in all aspects of work, education, and recreation and celebrate the benefit to the campus, community, and society-at-large of a supportive and inclusive environment.
To this end, the Human Resources Office: