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University Diversity Officer

Rickey Hall

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Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity
University Diversity Officer
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Rickey Hall was appointed as the eighth vice president for minority affairs and diversity and the university diversity officer at the University of Washington effective Aug. 1, 2016.

Hall leads the university’s equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts, and plays a key role in advancing institutional excellence. He has oversight of the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) which administers programs that broaden college access, support student success and enhance diversity-related teaching and learning across campus. As the university diversity officer, Hall also works collaboratively with and serves as a resource for the UW campuses, colleges and administrative units as they establish, coordinate and assess their contributions to institutional diversity goals.

Hall has over 25 years of experience in higher education and is involved with a number of national organizations including the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and a trustee on the ACPA College Student Educators International Foundation board.

Hall came to the UW after serving as the inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for three years. Prior to that role, he served for six years as the assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies and a master’s degree in higher education, both from the University of Iowa.



Collaborate with campus units to foster dynamic learning environments, academic support, recruitment and outreach programs, and advance university-wide responsibility on behalf of diversity.


Promote academic achievement and excellence by providing comprehensive support services such as teaching, mentoring, academic counseling, and skill building for diverse populations and economically and/or educationally disadvantaged students.


Collaborate with secondary educational institutions and community organizations to ensure that there is a well prepared pre-college pipeline of students from underserved backgrounds.


Engage and foster relationships with alumni, stakeholders, and friends of diversity to build upon endowments and scholarship opportunities.


Build a welcoming and supportive campus climate for students, faculty and staff through Faculty Advancement, Institutional Research, and Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups.

Programs and services include:

  • College Access
  • Student Services and Academic Support
  • Graduate and Professional School Preparation, Assessment and Evaluation
  • Faculty and Staff Advancement
  • Institutional Transformation
  • Alumni and Community Engagement

To learn more about these programs and services visit the OMA&D website.