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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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

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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

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.


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.


More stories

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

Armon Dadgar and Joshua Kalla

OMA&D receives $3.6 million gift commitment

Alumnus Armon Dadgar, ‘11, and Joshua Kalla have made the commitment to fund scholarship packages for three cohorts of underrepresented undergraduate students over the next 12 years.


Quintard Taylor

From the pages of BlackPast

Professor Emeritus Quintard Taylor reflects on some key milestones from his nearly 50-year career in advance of presenting the UW’s University Faculty Lecture.

Faculty & Staff Insider

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Gathering to center Native teacher education

This May 2 event will highlight the work of two Native/Indigenous teacher education cohort programs that center Native teachers, students, families and communities in education.

College of Education

Shondell Reed

Staff Story: Shondell Reed

Two years into law school at Seattle University, Shondell Reed knew he had to make a change.

Whole U

Julia Owsen

UW Bothell garners national recognition

UW Bothell has been ranked No. 4 among four-year public colleges in the nation for awarding bachelor degrees in computer science to women.

UW Bothell

Maisha Mason and Khairat Salum

Increasing diversity & accessibility of the biomedical sciences

Amanda Bradley, Ph.D. candidate in molecular & cellular biology, discusses her commitment to diversifying STEM.

Graduate School

Maisha Mason and Khairat Salum

Black Panther: Representation, gender and decolonization

UW Bothell graduate students Maisha Manson and Khairat Salum discuss these topics in an interview with the Graduate School.

Graduate School


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

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