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.

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


#Husky Experience

Hamda Yusuf (B.A. European Studies) will head to Austria in fall 2016 on a Fulbright Scholarship to help refugees and teach in local schools.  Learn more at the Jackson School of International Studies. 


At the forefront!

“For myself, being a black male and feeling isolated on the UW campus, and then hearing similar experiences from my students, I thought, ‘How can we create something to address this?’”  says Joe Lott, associate professor in the College of Education. Read more about how he’s making a difference!

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