Office of Multicultural Affairs
The primary role of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to function as a resource to all state agencies and to all communities served to improve services to minority and multicultural populations in the state of Maine.
New and Noteworthy
Ensuring Equal Access for English Language Learners
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. In addition to the guidance, the Departments also released additional tools and resources to help schools in serving English learner students and parents with limited English proficiency including multilingual fact sheets and a toolkit to help school districts identify English learner students.
Video game: Choosing My Way
Choosing My Way, a video game designed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics and funded by The Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), allows refugees the opportunity to learn more about life after resettlement in the United States. In the game, players consider how to respond to opportunities and challenges that arise, while dealing with limited resources. The game is targeted for refugees overseas or in the United States who would like to interact with orientation material independently or who may not actively engage in formal orientation. The game is also designed for use by orientation providers facilitating its use in small groups, encouraging discussion and reflection. Currently suited for refugees with some English proficiency, the game may later be translated into other languages.
Comprehensive List of Human Trafficking Curricula
Comprehensive List of Human Trafficking Curricula, from MbAbolitionists, includes a number of free curricula with target audiences for children in preschool, elementary, and middle school to young adults in high school and college.