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

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

Joy Williamson David

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?


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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

Othellow UW Commons

Students and Othello community team to create equitable, partnership-based innovations

The second annual education Ideathon explored ideas to make Othello UW-Commons a catalyst for equitable education practices.

College of Education

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

Storybook characters

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.


Pride flag

Celebrate Pride Month with UW

Learn about events taking place on UW campuses and around Seattle.

Whole U

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.


Iisaaksiichaa Ross Braine named iSchool’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

Braine is honored for his work as UW’s tribal liaison and director of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House.



Being the first

Indigenous artist, student senator and UW Tacoma senior Maria Crisostomo is advocating and empowering first-generation students like herself.

UW Tacoma


Accommodation law inspired at UW Bothell

College students observing Ramadan and fasting during the day can now wait until night to take exams.

UW Bothell

 Navarro Akhidenor

Civic Leadership Awards for UW Bothell Students

Ariana Navarro and Charity Akhidenor have been recognized for their civic engagement with awards from the Washington Campus Compact, a coalition of 37 two- and four-year colleges.

UW Bothell


Destined to Dance

Dancers spend years training to be choreographers. Cheryl Delostrinos, ‘13, got a head start — at age two.

College of Arts and Sciences


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

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