Diversity at the UW

Awardees

Awardees of the Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant Program are listed below by grant cycle.

Fall 2018 Awardees

A total of 12 applications were submitted to this Diversity & Inclusion Seed Grant cycle, from a broad range of UW academic and administrative units. The average grant amount was $1,350, with awards going to seven unique projects throughout the UW community. Below is a list of Fall 2018 grantees that were awarded and the projects that their seed grants will fund.

THE WHOLE U

Project Title: The Whole U Speaker Series: Understanding Health and Wellness Through the Lens of Equity

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff; Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs; and Improve Accountability and Transparency

The Whole U Speaker Series: Understanding Health and Wellness Through the Lens of Equity is a five-part series that engages the UW community in research-backed conversations on issues of equity in healthcare and wellness, covering topics of mental and physical health, educational and occupational wellness, and access to marrow transplants.

INFORMATION SCHOOL

Project Title: High School to iSchool Program – “Hack for Social Good” Hackathon Kickoff

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body

The Hack for Social Good hackathon will engage up to 100 11th and 12th grade Dream Project students in fun and collaborative problem solving to grow their understanding of information and technology and their interest in attending the UW and the iSchool, as well as to provide a safe space for discussions related to college/iSchool life.

COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT / UW YOUTH / UW TACOMA STUDENT TRANSITION PROGRAM

Project Title: Inclusive Approach to Educational Outreach Through Translated Informational Material

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs

The UW expands its services to diverse local communities through pre-college youth programs, from which 72% primarily serve underrepresented students. In an effort to make information accessible to non-native English speaking guardians, we will translate UW youth program enrollment forms into Spanish, and make them available to all programs.

COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Project Title: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff; and Improve Accountability and Transparency

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advances in UW strategic vision to create inclusive learning environments. The DEI events constitute space for students, faculty, and staff to come together in dialogue through exchange of ideas and debate, as inclusion is the journey we travel to understand the roots of our identities and disciplines.

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH / QUEERX

Project Title: The University of Washington 1st Annual Interprofessional LGBTQ Health Conference

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; and Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff

The UW 1st Annual Interprofessional LGBTQ Health Conference will provide a forum to share knowledge and research, promote discussions around institutionalized racism, transphobia, and homophobia, establish a network of LGBTQ professionals, and engage with clinicians, researchers, and community partners to advance LGBTQ health.

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING

Project Title: Visibility in the Field: Women of Color in Urban Planning and Design

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; and Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body;

The seed grant will fund a program with two emerging and successful women of color in urban planning. They will give us insights on authentic community engagement in diverse communities for research, pedagogy, and practice. A video will be produced and uploaded to the UDP website to remember the importance of diversity and inclusion.

DEPARTMENT OF GERMANICS

Project Title: Cross-disciplinary Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion in the World Language and Literature Classroom

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate;

The Departments of Germanics will host a workshop facilitated by a professional consultant on race, equity, and diversity in order to provide a forum for instructors in the Humanities division to develop more diverse curricula and create more inclusive learning environments in the world language and literature classroom.

Spring 2018 Awardees

AMERICAN INDIAN STUDIES

Project Title: Na te reo e ora ai to tatau whare wananga: Through language our university will flourish

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; and Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff

American Indian Studies will use their Seed Grant funds to partner with a local Pacific Island community organization and the Burke Museum in order to provide classes in indigenous North American and Pacific Island languages.

BIOLOGY

Project Title: Improving Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness in Graduate Recruitment at UW Biology

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body

With their Seed Grant funds, the Biology Department will create a series of short videos to be showcased on the graduate recruitment webpage in which current graduate students address questions, as well as share their stories and experiences. They will also hold a live webinar hosted by a diverse group of faculty members, targeted at first-generation, international, and other URM applicants.

BIOLOGY, BOTHELL

Project Title: UW-Bothell Biology Leadership Organization of Underrepresented Mentors (BLOUM)

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body

The Biology Department at UW Bothell will use their Seed Grant funds to create a mentoring program targeting 1st or 2nd year undergraduates in the Biology program who are from historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields, matching them (both in and out of the classroom) with peers that have recently and successfully completed introductory courses.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Project Title: Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion: Individuals with Disabilities Engaging for Academic Success (IDEAS)

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate

The College of Engineering’s Seed Grant funds will support its DO-IT IDEAS project, which will create a peer-mentoring cohort of students with disabilities from all three UW campuses. It will host monthly workshops, facilitate online activities, provide mentoring, and generate/disseminate ideas for faculty and staff about supporting and welcoming students with disabilities, realizing that many of these students also identify as a member of other underrepresented groups.

COMMITTEE AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RELATIONSHIP VIOLENCE (CASAARV)

Project Title: Intersectional Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Student Needs Assessment at UW-Bothell

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs; Improve Accountability and Transparency

CASARV (a subcommittee of the UW Bothell Diversity Council) will use their Seed Grant funding to support a student-focused needs assessment, which will include student focus groups on how to build a responsive and meaningful system for addressing sexual and relationship violence – experiences which may additionally impede student participation in higher education.

DIVISION OF ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS

Project Title: Recruiting American Indian Students by Connecting at Home – REACH

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body

The Division of Engineering and Mathematics at UW Bothell will use their Seed Grant funding to send UW Bothell mathematics faculty to help with weekly mentoring and instruction of high school and tribal college mathematics courses in an effort to develop connections with students.

EVANS SCHOOL

Project Title: Institutes on the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate

The Evans School’s Seed Grant funding will support their efforts to incorporate additional cultural competency dialogue and training for first year MPA students through Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Institutes. IDI is a theory-based assessment of intercultural competence used by universities, corporations and organizations.

LIBRARIES & TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

Project Title: Accessible Resources Day at the University of Washington Libraries

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body; Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs; Improve Accountability and Transparency

With its Seed Grant funds, The UW Libraries will partner with UW Accessible Technology to host an “Accessible Resources Day at the University of Washington Libraries” during the Spring 2018 quarter. The event will be focused on best practices for accessibility of library materials among all types of libraries (school, public, and academic) across the state and region.

PHYSICS

Project Title: Highlighting Diversity and Collaboration in the Corridors of the Physics and Astronomy Building

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an inclusive campus climate; Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body

The Physics department will use its Seed Grant funding on a project that will replace history-focused wall decorations in the well-trafficked 1st floor hallways of the Physics and Astronomy Building with images that better represent their department and the diversity of modern physics.

Q CENTER

Project Title: Qolors

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff

The Q Center will use their Seed Grant funding for a two-part cultural event that will be part of the two-months of Qolors. The two pieces are Viva la Jotería, a queer student of color conference, and Lavish, a multi-arts showcase opportunity centering Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPoC).

SOUTHEAST ASIA CENTER

Project Title: Engaging the Diaspora: Reaching Across Area and Ethnic Studies in Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian America

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff

With their Seed Grant funds, The Southeast Asia Center will hold a series of events beginning with a “Salo-Salo,” the Filipino word for a community gathering, with Student Association members and Southeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asian-American Studies, and Southeast Asian language faculty to get to know each other and enhance student engagement in Southeast Asian studies and faculty engagement with the Southeast Asian-American undergraduate students on campus.

UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, ROBINSON CENTER

Project Title: Student Education Equity Summit: Amplifying Student Voices: Conversations on Race, Equity, and Inclusion in Education

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body

The Robinson Center will use its Seed Grant funding to hold a half-day Student Education Equity Summit for high school aged youth to listen, present and participate in discussions about their experiences related to race and equity in education.

UW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY

Project Title: A Pediatric Residency Curriculum for INclusion, CuLtural hUmility, Diversity and Equity (INCLUDE)

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff; Improve Accountability and Transparency.

The UW School of Medicine Pediatric Residency Program will design and implement a formal UW Pediatric Residency curriculum in equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural humility that will provide knowledge and tools to identify structural determinants of health and teach residents to advocate for the health and well-being of patients and families across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Fall 2017 Awardees

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, BOTHELL

Project Title: Diverse Faculty Retention at UW Bothell

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract and retain a diverse faculty

Academic Affairs will use their Seed Grant funding to develop workshops to aid diverse faculty—especially untenured faculty—with their research, publications, and creative practices.

BIOENGINEERING

Project Title: BioEmpower: Diversity and Inclusion in Bioengineering workshop

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body

BioEnspire operates under three pillars, which all build an inclusive and supportive environment in bioengineering. It will establish mentorship relationships, coordinate professional development activities and educate the undergraduate community about diversity in STEM through workshops and events.

ECONOMICS

Project Title: This is What an Economist Looks Like

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an inclusive campus climate; Attract and retain a diverse faculty; Attract and retain a diverse staff

The project aims to increase the visibility of women and minority economists and their accomplishments by identifying economists from a range of backgrounds, obtaining portraits of these economists, and composing information about each economist’s background and accomplishments to be displayed next to the corresponding portrait.

ENGINEERING

Project Title: GEM GRAD Lab at UW

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body; Attract and retain a diverse faculty

With their Seed Grant funds the College of Engineering will host a GRAD (Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees) Lab in the fall. The Lab will provide an unparalleled opportunity for future engineering graduate students to learn more about funding and surviving graduate school, securing research internships, finding the right mentor, and preparing for the professoriate or an advanced technical position with a STEM-focused corporation or national laboratory.

ENGLISH

Project Title: Expository Writing Program

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body; Assess Tri Campus Diversity Needs; Improve Accountability and Transparency

The English Department will use its seed grant funding to pilot curriculum and teacher training initiatives that center issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; to deepen partnerships among campus stakeholders with respects to student retention of underrepresented groups; to create and implement a long-term action plan to address student retention; and to clarify—as a large writing program with an established teacher training program—our role in promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity at UW.

ENGLISH

Project Title: Writing a Merit Assessment

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty; Improve Accountability and Transparency

This project will utilize department-wide discussions to inform a new rubric for assessing faculty merit that takes into account the full range of faculty activities and accomplishments, particularly in regards to work on behalf of diversity, equity, public scholarship, and inclusion.

GO-MAP

Project Title: Outreaching Grads Program: Championing the URM Graduate Education Pipeline

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate; Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs; Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body. 

GO-MAP will use its Seed Grant funds to reinvent its Graduate Diversity Ambassadors Program (GDAP). They will train 25-30 URM master’s and doctoral graduate students to assist GO-MAP, UW graduate departments, UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, and the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center in their efforts to expand graduate education to URM students.

HOUSING AND FOOD SERVICES

Project Title: Development of a Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Blueprint Goal Addressed: Attract and retain a diverse staff

With their Seed Grant funding Housing and Food Services will implement staff training in order to develop a skilled and well-trained grassroots committee to lead the department’s diversity and social justice efforts.

INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND SCIENCES, TACOMA

Project Title: Arts and Cultures Across American Borders: An Event Series

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an inclusive campus climate; Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body

This project will consist of a series of events showcasing the art, thought and writing of people who have immigrated, migrated or crossed borders to come to the United States mainland. Along with the events, these topics of “border-crossing” will be explored in a set of classes at UW Tacoma during the coming academic year.

NURSING

Project Title: Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Nursing Case Studies

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an inclusive campus climate

The School of Nursing will provide targeted training of six faculty to develop/refine and deliver case study materials that incorporate DEI elements for use in classroom and simulation laboratory teaching of undergraduate and graduate nursing students and develop a team of nurse educators committed to leading future efforts to enhance the classroom and simulated laboratory climates through inclusion of DEI values.

ODEGAARD UNDERGRADUATE LIBRARY

Project Title: Recommended Reads for Equity

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an inclusive campus climate

To build upon the success of this year’s Race & Equity Book Displays and to further engage the campus community in exploring race, equity, and diversity through reading and discussions, Odegaard Undergraduate Library will embark on a new project: Recommended Reads for Equity. Recommended Reads for Equity will engage the campus community in critical conversations, reading, critical thinking and community building.

PUBLIC HEALTH/GO-MAP

Project Title: SPH/Go-Map Programming Partnership

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body

In order to provide School of Public Health students, and a broader Health Sciences audience with better access to Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) resources and staff, SPH and GO-MAP will work together to host regular GO-MAP programming (Power Hour, Real Talk Tuesdays) in the Health Sciences Center/South Campus Center complex on a quarterly basis.

THE BROTHERHOOD INITIATIVE

Project Title: Fall Leadership Summit

Blueprint Goal Addressed: Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body; Cultivate an inclusive campus climate

Seed Grant funding will help the Brotherhood Initiative add supplemental programming to their leadership curriculum for the current BI cohort (2016-2017) and the incoming freshman class of 2017, with a Leadership Summit scheduled for October 6-8, 2017 at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, WA.

UW CONTINUUM COLLEGE

Project Title: Courageous Conversation Series

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Cultivate an inclusive campus climate

The Courageous Conversations Series will follow a pair of Equity 101 workshops, and the Seed Grant will fund speakers and facilitators that will help to bring UWC2 staff together to discuss the larger themes covered in the Equity 101 sessions. Six one‐hour sessions will be held and a certificate of completion will be offered to all UWC2 participants who attend three of the Courageous Conversations sessions.

UW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, SPOKANE

Project Title: URiM Pre-medical Resource Fair for Underrepresented Undergraduates

Blueprint Goal(s) Addressed: Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse and excellent student body

The UW School of Medicine URiM student group will hold a pre-medical workshop and resource fair for underrepresented students interested in medicine in the fall of 2017 in Spokane, WA. Our goals are to encourage underrepresented students to explore medicine as an achievable career option and to help pre-medical students successfully apply to medical school. Students will leave with application resources and a better understanding of the path to medicine: what it takes to apply, what it’s like to be a medical student, and the role physicians play in our community. We hope to also strengthen the UWSOM/ Gonzaga partnership and foster community between UWSOM faculty and students and local undergraduate.