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September 6, 2017

Committed to our DACA Dreamers

(Sourced from the Presidents Blog)   Ana Mari Cauce Today we learned that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will come to an end in six months unless there is legislative action to protect it. This decision could have extremely serious consequences for students on all three of our campuses who are…

August 15, 2017

Reflections on the tragedy of Charlottesville

(sourced from President’s Blog August 14) Ana Mari Cauce This weekend was a difficult and painful one for all of us committed to a more equitable and inclusive society — to those of us who believe in justice and equity. There should be no question whatsoever that those white supremacists who marched across the University…

May 23, 2017

Action and Accountability: Addressing Race and Equity Across the UW

“It is not — and could never be — the sole responsibility of one person, one office or one initiative to solve these systemic and complex issues. It will take an ongoing and sustained effort from all of us.” — President Ana Mari Cauce Since the launch of the Race & Equity Initiative in 2015,…

May 3, 2017

Race & Equity Initiative Newsletter spring 2017

Updates For Students, By Students Undergraduate and graduate students on all three campuses have a new opportunity to secure funding for Race and Equity Initiative events they create that align with the initiative’s goals. Applications are reviewed by their peers — student leaders on the R&EI Steering Committee. The first student-supported and produced event was last…

April 20, 2017

New Course Shines Light on Environmental (In)Justice

By Glenn Hare The Flint water crisis, the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and the BP Oil Spill were just a few of the environmental topics studied in a new course in the University of Washington’s College of the Environment. “Decolonizing the Environmental Discourse” examined environmental injustice from the point of view of decolonization. Jessica Hernandez…

Steps to Excellence: School of Dentistry Focuses on Diversity and Inclusion

By Glenn Hare Not long after the University of Washington launched the Race and Equity Initiative Joel Berg, the dean of the School of Dentistry, knew his colleagues needed to address diversity, inclusion and institutional bias head on. His concerns sharpened at the school’s annual Partners in Diversity event. “I knew then that we were…

March 15, 2017

iSchool’s diversity initiatives are all-inclusive

Full Story from UW iSchool  Sunny Kim worked in nonprofits for 10 years before returning to school for a Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. Despite a personal passion for diversity, Kim hadn’t anticipated putting a lot of energy into shaping the culture of the iSchool, because change at an institution its size…

February 27, 2017

Video Now Available! Speech and Counter Speech: Rights & Responsibilities on Jan 10, 2017

On January 10, 2017 the Race &  Equity Initiative hosted three renowned educators and lawyers for a discussion about First Amendment rights and the meaning of free speech in the context of higher education. UWTV captured the discussion on video. Please feel free to use and distribute for educational purposes.  

February 7, 2017

Standing Together

Ana Mari Cauce The work of a university like ours — preserving, advancing and creating knowledge, as well as serving our public mission —  is especially critical in these times of uncertainty and rapid change. A healthy democracy, founded on inalienable freedoms and a commitment to the common good, doesn’t simply materialize. It is the…

January 18, 2017

OMA&D Releases Diversity Blueprint for 2017-2021

The University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint articulates the tri-campus community’s aspirations for becoming a truly inclusive and equitable environment for learning, research, service, and outreach. The Diversity Blueprint begins with the University of Washington’s Diversity Council, a body composed of faculty, staff, and students from across all academic and administrative units, which is charged with…

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