Diversity at the UW


Summer 2019

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

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

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

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

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?


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

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

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.


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

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

Spring 2019

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.


Professor Ralina Joseph

Interrupting privilege

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

Simpson Center

Pride flag

Celebrate Pride Month with UW

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

Whole U

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

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.


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.



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

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.


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

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.


 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

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

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

Native teacher education

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

Winter 2019


Being the first

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

UW Tacoma

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

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

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

Kevin Truong

A mentoring mastermind

Alumnus Kevin Truong is helping high school students navigate the college application and financial aid process.

Arts & Sciences

Brotherhood Initiative

Brotherhood Initiative seeks to create community

The program is finding ways to better support male students of color who often find campus isolating.

Seattle Times

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


A commitment to inclusion

Professor and Dean Sandra Archibald reflects on her personal journey to increase diversity in public policy graduate education.

Evans School

Teaching for Black Lives

Teaching for Black lives

The Feb. 25 event brought the experiences of Black students and their allies to the forefront.

College of Education

TeyAnjulee Leon

Asking hard questions

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

UW Tacoma

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

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

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.



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

Fall 2018


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

Women in Aerospace

Making engineering accessible to girls

Women in Aerospace, the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics’ new club, is reaching out to elementary and middle school girls to show them examples of women engineers.

Aeronautics & Astronautics


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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Faculty Friday: Sonal Khullar

For some, traveling the world conveys a sense of freedom.

Whole U

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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


Building a career in academia

Communication Ph.D. student Meshell Sturgis share how GO-MAP has helped her thrive as a grad student.

Graduate School

Ellen Y. Chang

Examining diversity and representation in Crazy Rich Asians

Third-year Ph.D. student Ellen Y. Chang discusses the film and its impact.

Graduate School

Spring 2018

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