Race & Equity Initiative

This is not somebody else’s problem

President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in Spring 2015 with a challenge: that all of us — students, faculty, staff and university leadership — take personal responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our university culture. And it began with a commitment: that together we would combat the racism and inequities, both individual and institutional, that persist here and throughout our society.

This is what universities are all about. They are places of discovery and difficult conversations — where we learn new ways of looking at and acting in the world.

This work – this struggle — is not new. UW faculty, staff and students and the rest of our collective society have been in it for many years and in many ways. But many in our community believe we have reached a moment where we must commit to collaborative, accelerated action.

Increased funds to enhance faculty diversity

Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, funding allocated to build and retain a diverse and inclusive faculty across the three UW campuses will be increased to $1 million. President Cauce and Interim Provost Baldasty are allocating the funds for the Office for Faculty Advancement to work collaboratively with deans, chancellors and department chairs or directors, with half going toward faculty recruitment and half going toward retention.

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Diversity and equity for all

In order to support and sustain diversity and equity at the UW, as well as in the local, regional and global communities we serve, we must directly confront bias and racism at the individual, institutional and systemic levels. These are three key ways:

  • Confronting individual bias and racism
  • Transforming institutional policies and practices
  • Accelerating systemic change

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Making history

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Faculty Friday: Alexis Harris

When Alexes Harris read a recent Seattle Times article about being black on a college campus, she was reminded of her undergraduate days at the UW. The sociology professor took to Twitter to share her thoughts.

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Meet the founder of multicultural education

For over a half-century, James and Cherry Banks have been at the forefront of multicultural education in America, co-authoring five books and dozens of articles on the subject.

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