Race & Equity Initiative

Updates


August 22, 2018

New Video for First Year Students

When incoming freshmen and transfer students arrive at the University of Washington, they bring a wide range of understanding and experience with the ideas surrounding race, equity, diversity and inclusion. For some, these concepts are very much a part of their world-view. For others, our campus will become the place where they shape their understanding…


June 7, 2018

FOSTERING BROTHERHOOD ABROAD

UW Homepage  The benefits of study abroad are well documented, from increased confidence to an expanded worldview — and college students who study abroad are more likely to do better in school and graduate on time. But that experience is often unattainable for a particular group of students: men of color. Of the more than…


Dean’s letter: When our progress feels glacial — Reflections on diversity and inclusion

May 30, 2018 | College of the Environment As Dean, this is the joyous time of year when we honor the achievements of our faculty, staff and students and confer degrees on our proud graduates. And then, as this season of ceremonies, champagne and cupcakes winds down, I will pause to take stock of our…


March 28, 2018

New minor recognizes, celebrates Pacific Islander community

Kim Eckart UW News   Nearly 20 years ago, members of a UW student, faculty and staff organization called Voyagers noticed something missing. The group, for Pacific Islander students and their allies, found little of their heritage or culture reflected in courses and activities, and scant evidence of efforts to grow their numbers of students…


March 7, 2018

Collumns Magazine Article: OMA&D at 50: The people behind the movement

Student activism in 1968 led the UW to create one of the nation’s first office of minority affairs. Here’s their story. And their outlook for the future. SEE FULL STORY BY MISTY SHOCK RULE | PHOTOS BY QUINN RUSSELL BROWN | ART DIRECTION BY KEN SHAFER 


February 22, 2018

UW News: New curriculum prioritizes tribal sovereignty, cultural respect in scientific research of American Indian, Alaska Native communities

February 22, 2018 Kim Eckart UW News When scientists have conducted research in Native American communities, the process and the results have sometimes been controversial. There have been a few well-known cases, such as the 1979 Barrow Alcohol Study, in which researchers examined substance use in the tiny Arctic Circle town and issued findings to the…


February 21, 2018

UW News: A talk with UW historian Quintard Taylor: Taking ‘the long view’ in troubled times

Peter Kelley UW News Four decades of teaching and research have brought Quintard Taylor a lifetime achievement award from the Washington State Historical Society. Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of History at the University of Washington, now emeritus, with additional appointments in the American Ethnic Studies Department and the Center for Multicultural Education. He is also the…


February 2, 2018

Seattle Times: ‘They’ve been invisible’: Seattle professor studies role of black grandmothers in society

LaShawnDa Pittman made RealBlackGrandmothers.com, a place where people can post testimonials about their grandmothers, and archive the experience of the women “who have played such an important, and unsung role in American society.” By  Nicole Brodeur   Seattle Times columnist   Madea? Big Momma? Please. Those movie characters may have made comical, cultural icons of black…


November 20, 2017

Seattle Times Article: Two UW students — one black, one white — offer hope in their personal fight for equality

Seattle Times staff columnist, Jerry Large, recently wrote a story about two UW students who attended an event featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates. This event was produced by Seattle Arts and Lectures in partnership with the University of Washington. Read the full article here.


October 24, 2017

The Hard Work is Just Beginning: Advancement Equity Team confronts institutional racism, white privilege, bias, and more

By Glenn Hare Since the spring of 2017, a dedicated group of UW Advancement employees has been meeting to confront racism head on. The members of the UA Equity Team meet to uncover the history of racism in America, to examine personal bias, to better understand institutional racism, and to grapple with white privilege. “These…



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