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

TeyAnjulee Leon

Asking Hard Questions

For her master’s thesis, graduate student TeyAnjulee Leon explored issues of race in higher education.

UW Tacoma

Marvin Oliver

Oliver to Receive 2019 Odegaard Award

Professor emeritus in American Indian Studies and renowned sculptor and printmaker, Oliver will be honored at Celebration in May.


Chriselle Silue

Silué pays it forward for public health students of color

The UW senior recently returned to her home country to practice the skills she has learned in her major.

School of Public Health

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Making Study Abroad Possible

OMA&D’s LSAMP program partners with the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics to send students to Australia.

Aeronautics & Astronautics

James A. Banks

Thanks, Professor Banks

The ‘Father of Multicultural Education’ is retiring after 50 years at UW.


Havana McElvaine

Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

The UW alumna will pursue a pair of master’s degrees in the U.K. to continue engaging with issues of social inequality.

UW News


UW opens permanent food pantry on Seattle campus

Located on the west side of campus in Poplar Hall, the 700-square-foot space provides free, nonperishable groceries and select fresh produce.

UW News

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Changing the future of engineering

Since 2013, STARS has provided support for underserved students from Washington state to succeed in engineering.

Boundless Campaign

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New center to recognize American Indian and Indigenous Studies

The center aims to support research in American Indian and Indigenous Studies across the three UW campuses, as well as with surrounding Native communities.

UW News


Faculty Friday: Alexes Harris

Inspired by Harris’ personal experience, UW is partnering with Be the Match to raise awareness of the disparities in blood donor representation.

Whole U

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First-gen students find their way at the UW

Read about the experiences of students and alumni who are the first in their families to attend college.


Teaching for Black Lives

Wayne Au book influencing educators on race

UW Bothell Professor’s book, “Teaching for Black Lives,” is being used throughout Seattle public schools.

UW Bothell

James McShay

Meet Dr. James C. McShay

UW Tacoma’s newly-hired Assistant Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion speaks about his background, his first three months on the job and the opportunities ahead.

UW Tacoma

Kemi Doll

Why are Black women dying?

Kemi Doll, M.D., MSCR, is working on closing the racial mortality gap in endometrial cancer — in part, by bringing Black women into the conversation.

UW MED Magazine

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

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