Student Diversity


Portrait of Idella Glenn, Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact

New Leaders Join USM Efforts to Improve Equity and Diversity

Even before Idella Glenn began her work as USM’s new Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact, she began talking with folks within USM and among the local communities. There were emails and phone calls and Zoom meetings. Her work was too important to wait for her start date or her arrival in Maine, she said.
Officials and students at first ever UMS Biliteracy event at USM

Bilingual Maine HS students honored at event hosted at USM

Graduating Maine high school students who receive the state's first-ever Seal of Biliteracy (acknowledging proficiency in English and another language), and who attend any school in the University of Maine System are now eligible to be awarded up to 8 credits towards college language courses. The announcement was made at a UMS event hosted by the University of Southern Maine. The event was covered by WGME13 news and Maine Public.
Intercultural grad ceremony 2018

USM Commencement 2019 — Affiliated ceremonies and events

Leading up to the University of Southern Maine 2019 Commencement, many departments are busy with special events celebrating the accomplishments of their graduating students in a more intimate setting.
USM students march in the 2018 Pride Parade

'Educate. No Hate': USM partakes in Pride Portland celebrations

Dozens of USM students, faculty and staff marched in the 2018 Pride Portland parade in celebration of diversity and inclusion.
Image from Pride 2017

Celebrate Pride 2018: March with USM, Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project, and "Gay Side Story"

Celebrate Pride 2018 at these June events! March with the USM Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity in the Portland Pride parade on Saturday, June 16th, catch "Bar Stories" at One Longfellow Square June 9th, and "Gay Side Story" after the parade on June 16th.
Multicultural student grad pic

Special USM Commencement-related events celebrated student accomplishments

The last few weeks leading up to graduation were busy with many special Commencement-related ceremonies celebrating student accomplishments in a more intimate setting.
USM Update October 2017

Replay: 'The USM Update' October 2, 2017

On the October episode of “The USM Update,” President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests to talk about the University of Maine School of Law, USM’s tutoring and library services, and exciting goings-on within the university’s Multicultural Student Center.
USM condemns hatred and violence

USM issues statement condemning hatred and violence

USM has issued a statement condemning hatred and violence in wake of the events that occurred over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.
USM fosters an environment of diversity within its student population

USM official quoted in media regarding diversity in wake of affirmative action initiative reports

The Portland Press Herald has quoted USM officials in an article regarding the university’s commitment to diversity.
USM students and staff at Portland Pride parade 2017

USM Pride - leading the way for diversity and inclusion with Asst Dean of Students Sarah Holmes

University of Southern Maine is at the forefront of efforts to provide a safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community and that work continues on. Led by Assistant Dean of Students Sarah Holmes, USM's campuses strive to be a place where all students can be true to themselves and where their identities can be celebrated.