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.
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
Race & Equity blog
- School of Public Health: UW Students Have Hard Conversations About Race & Disparity in LondonAugust 24, 2016
- Q&A with the New Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity Rickey HallAugust 3, 2016
- Huffington Post: Does ‘Black Lives Matter’ still matter?August 1, 2016
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.
Where do all of us hang out? She first asked the question when she arrived at the UW in 2001.
Charlotte Coté, is an associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies. Learn how she got her answer at the Whole U.