Professional Staff Organization

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at PSO

The Professional Staff Organization strives to provide resources, examples, support and empowerment to the UW professional staff community as part of its mission to uphold diversity, equity and inclusion.

PSO Land Acknowledgment

With a tri-campus reach but centered on the Seattle campus, the PSO acknowledges with gratitude the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations. We give thanks to the land, and to the people who are still here.

Diversity as a PSO Value

The PSO recognizes, honors and seeks to uphold diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, including the composition and activities of our membership, board, committees, and volunteers; we are committed to actively addressing implicit bias and to mitigate systems of oppression.

PSO Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The PSO is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on behalf of professional staff at the University of Washington, and to taking steps to become an anti-racist organization and community, so that all professional staff know that they are valued and their voices can be heard. We understand that this work is critical to the PSO’s mission: to highlight the essential role of, enrich the experience of, and serve as a resource for professional staff at the UW.

We recognize the historical and current systemic racism and structural discrimination experienced by marginalized peoples in our society and in our institutions, that impede access to opportunities and resources, and drive harmful and inequitable outcomes for health, longevity, wealth, wellbeing and beyond.

We are committed to a shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion that encompasses (but is not limited to) individual/group differences, cultural/social differences, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic class, age, religious beliefs, and mental and physical abilities. We will honor and respect everyone’s lived experiences.

As part of the ongoing process of advancing DEI and working toward anti-racism, we will employ and promote inclusive and justice-based practices that affirm identity, foster respect, and uphold dignity for the professional staff community.  We will continue to create culture and spaces that encourage dialogue and embrace learning about difference as we work to increase our own awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will interrupt and redress institutional barriers, structural practices, and preservation of the status quo that, in any way, inhibits the success of professional staff.

PSO DEI Committee

One of the PSO’s standing committees, the DEI committee seeks to bring attention to the challenges of diversity and inclusion on our campus while actively collaborating with other campus programs to increase educational and community building opportunities. This group is responsible for planning and holding two one campus-wide annual meetings as well as other informational/educational events when possible.  We are always looking for more members to contribute for greater outreach. Contact the chair or to volunteer for more information or to join the working group. All are welcome.

PSO Diversity Forum

Since 2018, the Professional Staff Organization has hosted an annual Diversity Forum, bringing professional staff together to discuss issues around equity, diversity, inclusion, justice, and how these principles and practices play out at the UW for staff, faculty, and students alike. The event takes place in winter quarter, and all UW employees and students are invited to attend.

  • 2018: Rickey Hall, Vice President for Minority Affairs and Diversity & UW’s Diversity Officer
  • 2019: Terryl Ross, Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of the Environment
  • 2020: Kimberly Harden, Harden Consulting Group: They Allyship Challenge
  • 2021:  (Re)Building Cultures of Equity and Inclusion through Policy, Procedures and Budgets, with Ebonee Anderson, Mariasol Hill, Jamilah Williams, and Annette Anderson
  • 2021 DEI Forum
  • 2022 DEI Forum
  • 2023 DEI Forum
  • 2024 DEI Forum

Invitation to submit your DEI efforts to share with professional staff

The Professional Staff Organization’s DEI committee would like to hear from all the hard-working Equity, Inclusion and Diversity groups around campus. We would like to amplify your essential work, such as art, op-eds, events, forums, etc on the monthly PSO newsletter and website. Please email and let us know about your group and the group’s essential work to advance Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.

DEI Resources at UW

The PSO provides below a representative sample of DEI-relevant resources available throughout the University of Washington system. Please Contact the chair or if you think other resources could be added!

UW-wide resources:

Academic Units:


Resources for Staff Working with Students:

DEI Educational Materials