Buoys painted with the designs of various countries' flags hang as part of an art installation.

A Culture of Inclusivity and Belonging

At the University of Southern Maine, we embrace the contributions of every individual while celebrating the intersections of our identities. Our mission is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you can thrive academically, professionally, and personally.
The mural “tan wetapeksultiyiq – where we come from”, Marissa Joly ’21, is on display at the McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success on our Portland campus.

Land Acknowledgment

We recognize that we are on indigenous land. In addition to the Abenaki, the broader place we now call Maine is home to the sovereign people of the Wabanaki Confederacy: the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Mi’kmaq peoples. We exist on their unceded homelands.

A group of USM students and staff member wearing gold shirts with Champ the Husky.

Services & Resources

Through a variety of direct services and support, we aim to foster a diverse and inclusive community that is fair and accessible for all.

Student sit and listen to a panel discussion, one with a water bottle featuring a sticker stating "mental health matters".

Education & Training

We offer opportunities for our university community to enhance our cultural competency and humility, as well as programs that promote local and global equity and inclusivity.

The East Bayside Community Mural created by Senegalese artist Muhsana Ali.

Groups & Networks

Our students, faculty, and staff are identifying and exploring issues of inequity while integrating our mission at the ground level.