UWAA Racial Equity Update 2020-2021

Advancing Inclusivity and Anti-Racism

In October 2020, the UW Alumni Association formalized its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and pledged to advance anti-racist understanding and actions.

Our objective is to lead substantial change to engage underrepresented alumni and amplify Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) voices. Five areas of focus emerged — people, programming, advocacy, communities and communications — grounded in the premise that an organized community of more than 500,000 graduates is a force for extraordinary change.

The work these past 12 months has been both important and humbling. We quickly learned where our ambitions and realities collided. And then learned again. And again. Incremental and impactful progress was made, pauses were frequent, and conversations — internally and externally — were difficult and profound.

As an organization, we acknowledge that this is a long journey and we still have much to do ahead. We remain committed.
Read on to learn more about the actions taken over the previous year.






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