For Students/Alumni

Center for Communication, Difference & Equity (CCDE)

Through research collaborations, networking opportunities, action-oriented classes, mentorship programs, and community events, the CCDE engages in dialogue to think critically about race and its intersections, to interrupt privilege, and ultimately to change the structures of power around us.

The Interrupting Privilege Seminar series brings together students and community members from across Seattle for intergenerational conversations about race, racism and its intersections.

Real Talk Tuesdays and Real Connections Fridays provide a time and space for graduate students of color and undergraduate students of color (respectively) and their allies to discuss those issues most important to them.


UWAA Common Ground

Led by UW Impact, the UWAA’s legislative advocacy organization, Common Ground features perspectives from across the political spectrum and across the state. Republicans and Democrats gather together in dialogue at events that range in format, from online to moderated discussion. 


Foster School of Business Annual Diversity Dinner

Admitted students have the opportunity to forge authentic connections with both current students and alumni, and allow them to get a sense of how Foster views diversity.


For Staff / Faculty

The Civil Conversations Project

The Civil Conversations Initiative (CCI) is a proactive way to increase conversation and promote the art of civic discourse among full-time colleagues from the Graduate School, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, Student Life, and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Participants will come together to “plant new conversations” in the campus community and create hospitable spaces to listen proactively, dialogue across difference, build relationships, and engage with one another. This professional development opportunity will create common bonds and enhance talents and skills that can be practiced in our respective campus circles.


The Whole U Annual Diversity Forum (sponsored by PSO)

2019: Learn about conducting civil conversations about diversity and activism in the workplace.

Every department at the UW has individual learning events, book clubs, and forums regarding social issues, diversity, equity, and bias that it hosts or connects its staff and faculty to. 


  • “Teaching for Black Lives”
  • UAA Diversity & Inclusion Team
  • “Diversity in Higher Education” training


For Students/Staff/Faculty 

UW Race & Equity Initiative policy discussions

These discussions are part of a broader initiative, launched in Spring 2015, which challenges students, faculty, staff and university leadership to 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.

UW students, faculty and staff have raised several race and equity-related questions and concerns about a number of policy issues. Discussions were facilitated between stakeholders who were students, faculty, staff, and leadership in order to review the topics of university investments and procurements, and campus policing.


College of the Environment Lunch-and-Dialogue Series

The College of the Environment Lunch-and-Dialogue Series provides a space for dialogue and reflection on issues concerning equity, bias, resistance, resilience and social justice. Staff is encouraged to take elements of these discussions and apply them to their work serving postdocs and staff.

Once a quarter the Dean’s Office will host a session to hear and share experiences, best practices, and lessons learned, while actively engaging in a dialogue on effective ways to advance diversity and inclusion goals within the College.

Each quarter a topic is identified around which the majority of the discussion will revolve. Participants are encouraged to share questions, examples, and insights.


Center for Teaching & Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is dedicated to supporting the UW teaching community. Our programs and services are grounded in research, draw on established pedagogical approaches, promote innovation, and are deeply collaborative in nature.

CTL offers resources, community conversations, instructor consultation, and departmental conversations on inclusive teaching and teaching in the current political climate. CTL also offers customized workshops and accredited graduate courses in Theater for Change, participatory theater approaches to respond to diversity, power differentials, and conflict.  

CTL staff consult with faculty members, staff educators, graduate student instructors, graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, UW departments, schools, colleges, and programs on questions about teaching and learning. CTL offers workshops, seminars, and conversations, as well as Learning Communities, which bring together educators from different disciplines to discuss, reflect, and collaborate on a teaching and learning topic of mutual interest. 


Technology Policy Lab

The Tech Policy Lab is a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Washington that aims to enhance technology policy through research, education, and thought leadership. The Tech Policy Lab brings together experts from the University’s School of Law, Information School, Computer Science & Engineering, and other units on campus.



There are many forums which are held as issues arise or are brought to the fore:

The UW has held community forums on:

  • Recent changes to Title IX 
  • Whether to declare the UW a sanctuary campus
  • Campus policing
  • Campus investment in fossil fuels
  • Affirmative action
  • The role of animals in medical research
  • GMOs

…and many, many more topics. 


For Students/Community 

Center for Philosophy for Children

The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children was created with the aim of empowering young people to think for themselves through introducing them to philosophy. The Center became affiliated with the University of Washington’s Department of Philosophy in 1997. The Center works in K-12 schools throughout Seattle, and offers trainings to parents and K-12 teachers in the area as well. 

The Center uses children’s books, literature and a range of activities to inspire exploration of life’s essential questions, such as: Who am I? Is justice possible? What is a good life? What is beauty? Is life fair? Acquiring confidence in their own perspectives and skills at developing and expressing their ideas can make a real difference in children’s lives. When children are introduced to philosophy, they learn to trust their own ideas and questions, which empowers them to take control of their own learning.

UW graduate and undergraduate students can learn the research behind the approach, and how to facilitate it, through university courses. They are then able to facilitate and coordinate programs like Philosophers in the Schools and the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl. The Center also offers a graduate fellowship program for graduate students in the UW Philosophy Department and College of Education. 

For All UW & Community (public)

UW Honors Program – Global Challenges//Interdisciplinary Answers annual event

This UW Honors events series convenes speakers from (seemingly) unconnected disciplines in robust conversations that model ways of knowing and forms of respectful debate. Students hear hard conversations where differences are not only respected, but valued and absorbed into evolving perspectives.


Bodemer Lecture (annual)

Open to the community, the Bodemer Lecture honors Charles Bodemer’s groundbreaking labors in the development of medical history and ethics at the University of Washington. This annual lecture covers topics in the areas of medical ethics and medical history. 


UW Graduate School Lecture Series (annual)

Tri-Campus Forums on Free Speech 

How can we promote equity and diversity in ways consistent with protecting free speech? The UW community explored these and other questions about speech through events and forums on all three campuses.


College of the Environment Environmental Justice Conference (annual)


Harborview Ethics Forums (monthly)


The Veritas Forum (RSO) (annual)

The Veritas Forum is committed to courageous conversations. We place the historic Christian faith in dialogue with other beliefs and invite participants from all backgrounds to pursue Truth together. The Forum aims to encourage dialogue among UW students and the surrounding community, placing Christianity in useful and practical dialogues with multiple worldviews on campus. 


One of Many (RSO) (annual)

One of Many will host a large event where students, faith leaders, and community members will engage in an interfaith dialogue by sharing stories about the ways religion influences our values, norms, and policies. Rather than tokenizing a single identity, this conversation seeks to create a space that recognizes the complex ways religion contributes to diverse identities in order to create a more inclusive campus community.