Diversity and Inclusion
Take advantage of opportunities to celebrate your own identities and to explore the broad diversity of backgrounds, traditions, and points of view that make the USM campuses so vibrant. The work of Intercultural Student Engagement and the programs below are grounded in an understanding and celebration of our diverse community which includes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions & spiritual traditions, socioeconomic classes, and sexual orientations.
Intercultural Student Engagement
Woodbury Campus Center, Portland
Upper Brooks Hall, Gorham
Intercultural Student Engagement is dedicated to building community and empowering students. We serve as a resource for every student to engage in the rich education and growth found through active exchange across cultures and identities. We facilitate the exploration of critical issues around ability, class, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and the intersectionality of these and other identities. We are committed to building a campus community where all students can fully participate and feel valued, in an educational environment that is inclusive and safe.
LGBTQA+ Community and Resources
Intercultural Student Engagement and the Student Diversity Centers seek to ensure a University environment that is positive, safe, and supportive for members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Most specifically, our attention is turned to those identities that fall under the LGBTQA+ umbrella (some examples of these identities: lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, agender, transgender, gender queer, questioning, and more). The USM Safe Zone Project, a program that conveys an inclusive message to the University community, falls under this umbrella as well. Safe Zone Project volunteers attend a short orientation program and then display a rainbow-striped sticker with the words "safe zone USM." This shows that they are committed to be identified as safe and supportive contacts for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff members.
Religious & Spiritual Life
Woodbury Campus Center, Portland Campus, (207) 228-8091
The Religious and Spiritual Life Council is an interfaith body made up of ordained Chaplains and lay-people Advisors who volunteer their time to the USM campus community. The Council and its members offer programs and services to support religious and spiritual life in all its expressions. Chaplains and Advisors, sponsored by their respective faith communities, offer services to students and student groups in a wide variety of religious or spiritual traditions and work together to offer programs encouraging spiritual life and interfaith dialogue.
Student Diversity Centers
Woodbury Campus Center, Portland
Upper Brooks Dining Hall, Gorham
The Student Diversity Centers provide supportive and inclusive spaces for the USM campus community. The Centers serve as catalysts in creating community for students, where cultural activities and celebrations occur, and student organizations meet. Through various programming, the Centers explore critical issues on campus about race, class, ethnicity, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and most importantly, the success of our students. The Centers are open to the entire USM Community. However, they have a unique role with regards to the support of students from historically marginalized communities and cultures. Please visit us at the Woodbury Campus Center on the Portland campus or Upper Brooks Hall on the Gorham campus.
230 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus, (207) 780-5232
The Veterans' Resource Center serves veterans, servicemembers, and their families, who are accessing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, often referred to as the GI Bill.
Disability Services Center
The Disability Services Center (DSC) provides a wide range of services to qualified students with attentional, learning, physical, psychological, sensory, or other health-related disabilities. To receive disability accommodations for the first time at the University of Southern Maine, you must register with the DSC. Our website has information about How to Register for Academic Accommodations and Housing Accommodations. If you have a disability and want to learn about our services and request accommodations, please contact the DSC to schedule an intake appointment.
242 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland, (207) 780-4706, (207) 780-5646 (TTY); fax: (207) 780-4403