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October 20, 2006


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will send a seven-member contingent of faculty and staff to a University of Maine System faculty and staff conference on diversity, "Pedagogues of Diversity, Diversity of Pedagogy: Diversity and Scholarship at the Turn of the 21st Century."

The conference will be held at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, on Friday, November 3.

UMFK Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sociology, Dr. Mariella Squire, will present at the conference. Her topic is entitled "Diversity or Diversification: Issues of Class, Position, Power, and Identity in Maine."

Dr. Theodora Kalikow, president of the University of Maine at Farmington, and chair of the University of Maine System Diversity Committee, will welcome conference attendees. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. L. Lee Knefelkamp, professor of education and psychology at Columbia University's Teachers College. Dr. Knefelkamp is a visiting professor at USM during the 2006-2007 academic year.

UMFK faculty expected to attend the conference on diversity include Paul Gebhardt, assistant professor of art/art education and Jocelyne Schael, associate professor of education. UMFK staff expected to attend the conference include Ray Phinney, associate director of student activities & diversity; Kate Fecinta, student success coordinator; Sofia Birden, electronic & information resources librarian; and Tamara Mitchell, executive director of human resources & affirmative action.

The University of Maine is committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. That environment depends on diversity--diversity of ideas, cultures, experiences and backgrounds.