Diversity at the UW

Advancing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion is core to our mission at the University of Washington. Equity Focus amplifies a sampling of the stories, news and events that highlight this great work happening across our tri-campus community.

Feature Stories

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GEAR UP Achievers hosts first campus program

In partnership with the College of Engineering, the newly funded program hosted 56 seventh and eighth graders at the UW for an Early Engineering Institute

Minority Affairs & Diversity


Ph.D. student Maria Blancas receives $100,000 Bullitt Prize

A former Costco Scholar and OMA&D student, Blancas is now studying farmworker conditions as a doctoral candidate in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

Seattle Times

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New pronoun option coming for students

Starting this academic year, UW is implementing an option to give students and other UW community members the ability to express their pronouns in university systems.

UW News


‘Call me Amy’

Amy Ko, an associate professor in the Information School, comes out as trans in viral letter.

NBC News

Intellectual House

Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies receives $1.8M grant

The grant will fund four years of work at the UW around Native student support, academics, research and cultural programs

UW News

Ernesto Alvarado and Steve Rigdon

Indigenous fire practices once shaped the Northwest – and they might again

Research associate professor Ernesto Alvarado and alumnus Steve Rigdon are among the experts weighing in on this topic.


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Rhoan Garnett

Supporting high-achieving minority students in the college “match” process

Rhoan Garnett, ‘19, discusses findings from his exploration of how to better support college access for young people from underrepresented backgrounds.

College of Education

Future teachrs

Future teachers weave tribal perspectives into their practice

More than 120 future teachers shared their work building lessons that contain tribal-specific content.

College of Education

Letter from School of Social Work Leadership Team

Ending racially charged division and its tragic aftermath

An open letter from the School of Social Work Leadership team after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

School of Social Work

Marieka M.Klawittr

My Personal Fight for Gay Rights

In June, professor Marieka M. Klawitter wrote about the changes she has seen in the fight for gay rights throughout her life.


Q Center Celebration

Q Center turns 15

As the UW’s Q Center wrapped up its 15th year on campus, the resource continues to evolve and grow, serving 500 visitors per month.


Jzmen Moore

Centering underrepresented voices in language arts

Jazmen Moore, research assistant in the Banks Center for Educational Justice, builds off inspiration from her students as she pursues a doctorate.

College of Education

Yolanda Valencia

Inside the immigrant experience

While earning her UW Ph.D., Yolanda Valencia researched how recent immigrants to the U.S. thrived here despite the odds – just like she did.

College of Arts & Sciences

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Joy Willamson-Lott named Graduate School Dean

A professor and associate dean in the College of Education, Dr. Williamson-Lott is an accomplished scholar and committed advocate for equity and diversity in higher education.

UW News

Paneen Petersen

Improving the health of Alaska Native people

Ph.D. graduate Paneen Petersen is researching how to address colorectal cancer and other health disparities among Indigenous people.

Department of Epidemiology

Bryon Ragland

The Great American barrier

A social worker and UW Tacoma alum’s encounter at a frozen yogurt shop raises a question as old as America: When is it okay to be Black in public?


Karen Freriksen Goldsen

Creating community, battling loneliness among LGBTQ seniors

Research shows that LGBTQ older adults are at higher risk for many chronic medical conditions, yet are also resilient and proactive when it comes to taking care of their health.

UW News

Teshome Shikesso and Robel Anshebo

Health care runs in the family

The words “family clinic” have a different, more personal meaning to Teshome Shikesso.

UW Bothell

Professor Ralina Joseph

Interrupting privilege

Professor Ralina Joseph is teaching people to talk about race across generational and racial lines.

Simpson Center

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Where is the Black Blueberries for Sal?

Michelle Martin, Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services, examines what’s missing from books about the outdoors for young readers.

The Atlantic

Jean Davis

Unsettling graduate education: American Indian and Indigenous studies at the UW

Faculty and graduate students have been working together to develop AIIS graduate studies, along with pathways and support networks for Native students to and at the UW.


Kemi Adeyemi

Exploring Blackness through art

Assistant Professor Kemi Adeyami directs a program that brings together UW graduate students to examine how definitions of blackness are produced and expressed through the arts.

Arts & Sciences

Nick Bayard

Exploring race, power and social impact

A new workshop offered by UW Tacoma’s Professional Development Center will explore issues of race and implicit bias within the nonprofit sector.

UW Tacoma

Marvin Oliver

The many dimensions of Marvin Oliver

Oliver, a professor emeritus and one of most renowned names in Northwest art, is the recipient of the 2019 Odegaard Award.



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Leilani Lewis, associate director for Diversity Communications & Outreach, lanil@uw.edu

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