Member Benefit

Navigating identity and career as a BIPOC professional


The UW Alumni Association presents a three-session event focused on empowering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) alumni in their career journeys. Each session features a different member of a BIPOC community who is an expert in their field. They will touch on topics affecting people of color as they navigate the realities of the modern workforce. Real people, real issues, real talk.

Join us from Tues. March 28 to Thurs. March 30, 2023 for these interactive online workshops. These workshops will not be recorded, in order to encourage candid discussions.

$15 series pass for general public.
Free for UWAA members. (Not a member? Join today!)
Choose individual sessions, or join us for all three; a flat fee of $15 applies.

Practices of Self-Care & Community Care When Advocating for Institutional Transformation

Tues. March 28, 2023  |  5:30 p.m. PDT

Speaker: Yejin Lee

The push for racial equity within organizations often comes from the advocacy and labor of people of color. There is often a tension between the urgency of this work, specifically for folks of marginalized identities, and the hurt, harm, exhaustion and isolation that comes as a result of this labor. During this 90-minute workshop, equity & justice facilitator Yejin Lee (she/her) will share her insights on finding strategies to push for institutional change while also centering self-care and community-care as people with marginalized/minoritized identities. She will share her framework on best ways to surface responsive strategies of advocacy that center those who have experienced harm and talk through tips and tools that will help to preserve energy and labor.

Meet Yejin Lee

Leveling Up: How to Advocate for Yourself as a Person of Color in the Workplace

Wed. March 29, 2023  |  5:30 p.m. PDT 

Speaker: Ciera Graham  

BIPOC professionals continue to face barriers to entry, retention, and promotion in the workplace, across all fields and levels. People of color report experiencing daily microaggressions, segregation, exclusion and silencing. This can lead to feelings of marginalization, self-doubt and burnout. While our organizations have a lot of work to do to create more inclusive spaces for people of color, we must also learn the politics of the game and how to assert ourselves. This interactive workshop will affirm the narratives and experiences of people of color in the workplace and offer concrete and tangible strategies to advocate for yourself in your place of work to improve your confidence, leadership skills and job satisfaction. Participants will build community with other like-minded BIPOC professionals and walk away with a self-advocacy tool kit.  Participants will also have the opportunity to practice and work through common scenarios in groups. While this workshop is geared to employees at all levels, it will be most relevant to those who are recent college graduates and entry- to mid-level professionals.

Meet Ciera Graham

Not Just Another DEI Course: Navigating Workplace DEI for BIPOC

Thurs. March 30, 2023  |  5:30 p.m. PDT

Speaker: Andrea Ramirez

When it comes to the workplace, BIPOC communities have historically experienced significant barriers. In the current evolving workplace, that lack of diversity remains. This workshop explores strategies for BIPOC professionals to navigate supporting and doing DEI work in organizations. It will share ideas, advice, and tools to create boundaries, take action, rest, and determine your needs in your work life.

Meet Andrea Ramirez