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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Inslee appoints Montoya-Lewis as first Native American to sit on Washington Supreme Court

Raquel Montoya-Lewis holds a law degree and a master’s degree in social work from the UW.

Seattle Times

Mia Tuan

UW dean educates future leaders on diversity and inclusion

Mia Tuan, dean of the College of Education, is honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of their Women of Influence.

Puget Sound Business Journal

Chadwick Allen

Faculty Friday: Chadwick Allen

In November, Allen presented the lecture, Earthworks Rising: Mound Building in Native Art, Literature and Performance, based on his new book manuscript.

Whole U

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Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion is a leadership issue for all of us

This blog written by Joyce Yen, director for UW’s ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, summarizes the keynote she delivered at RosettaCon 2019.


educational leaders

Local education leaders work to broaden access to meaningful college experiences

Ed Taylor, Joy Williamson-Lott and Sheila Edwards Lange are working to empower students to achieve success and become engaged citizens through their various efforts.

College of Education

iSchool alumnus

UW’s ambassador to tribes

MSIM alumnus and UW Tribal Liaison Iisaaksiichaa Ross Braine is recognized as the iSchool’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus.


More stories

information technology

When learning tools and resources are accessible to all, we all win

At UW’s three campuses, about 100 accessibility liaisons work to ensure that tech-based teaching, learning and research tools and resources are accessible and usable to all.

Information Technology

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Somali refugee just became director of Seattle clinic where was was cared for as a child

A graduate of the UW Medical School and former OMA&D student, Anisa Ibrahim was promoted to medical director at Harborview in September.



Student works to close gaps to hopeful futures

A former sergeant in the U.S. marine corps, doctoral student Lana Huizar is inspired to improve the lives of her community members.

College of Education


First museum of Latinx history in Washington tells overlooked story

UW Regent and alumnus Rogelio Riojas, as well as alumnus Jose Bazán and professor emeritus Erasmo Gamboa lead new Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture.

Seattle Times


Closing the gap for first-generation students

Samantha Penjaraenwatana shares her story of empowerment as a first-generation student.

UW Bothell

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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.


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

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