Professional Staff Organization

Diversity and Equity


November 18, 2022

November is National Native American Heritage month

The PSO wishes to recognize November as National Native American Heritage month. This language was developed by the Department of Chemistry, and they’ve graciously allowed us to share this with the professional staff community. The language has been lightly edited for this audience (eg, replacing “I” with “we”): Native American Heritage month was passed by…


September 14, 2022

BIPOC Staff Development Program Launching October 19th

Launching in October, this new program for staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color BIPOC is designed to foster community, advance professional development and increase engagement and retention of BIPOC staff at the University of Washington. Content includes self-paced online programming, in-person and Zoom events, competency-based workshops and specialized content — all…


March 11, 2022

Womxn of Color Celebration a Wonderful Success, Again!

The 19th annual Womxn of Color Celebration was successfully held online on March 8th. An event for and by womxn of color was a coming together to find community and share stories and experiences from around the campus to build a stronger future. Polly Olsen, Director DEAI & Decolonization, Tribal Liaison at the Burke Museum…


March 1, 2022

Spring 2022 DEI Forum: registration now open!

After a successful first Tri-Campus DEI Forum in autumn 2021 around the theme of Community, volunteers from the UW Professional Staff Organization (PSO) and departments across UW’s three campuses are once again joining together to organize and facilitate a virtual 2-half-day Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Forum, this time focused on Action. The DEI Forum is…


November 12, 2021

2021 DEI Forum Recap

In late October, for 2 half-days, collaborators including the PSO, UW Tacoma Staff Association, Foster School of Business, Department of Surgery, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Whole U, and others, put on University of Washington’s first-ever DEI Forum. Supported in part by the UW Diversity Council Seed Grant program and featuring professional staff…


October 14, 2021

UW Community Circle

On behalf of our colleagues at the Population Health Initiative, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Race & Equity Initiative, and the School of Public Health Office of the Dean, the PSO would like to share the opportunity for professional staff to participate in the newly launched UW Community Circle: Are you in search…


September 14, 2021

PSO, staff partners across UW to host DEI Forum in October

The UW Professional Staff Organization (PSO) is joining with staff across the campuses of UW to host a forum, by staff & for staff, on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UW and beyond. Taking place on October 20-21, the event goal is to create an intersectional space to come together to share ideas,…


April 12, 2021

Jamilah Williams, Sustainable Seattle’s Board Chair and professional staff at UW, answers questions from the Diversity Forum

Jamilah Williams

Last month, the PSO hosted the 4th annual Diversity Forum. This year’s event, attended by over 360 people, focused on “(re)building cultures of diversity, equity, and inclusion through policies, procedures and budgets”. We were thrilled by the conversations and engagement; you can read our overview here. After we formally wrapped up, more questions came through…


March 18, 2021

Reporting Anti-Asian Hate Activity–resources shared by the Seattle Chapter, Japanese Americans Citizens League (JACL)

FOR IMMEDIATE POSTING—REPORTING ANTI-ASIAN HATE ACTIVITY   To:  Communications Officers of Puget Sound School Districts and Higher Education Institutions From:  Seattle Chapter Japanese Americans Citizens League (JACL) The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has witnessed the rise of racist anti-Asian hate incidents.  The incidents have occurred across the country and have…


March 12, 2021

4th Annual PSO Diversity Forum Event Recap

More than 350 professional staff attended The PSO’s 4th Annual Diversity Forum held on March 3, 2021. The event, presented by the Professional Staff Organization in partnership with the Whole U, centered on the theme of (Re)Building Cultures of Equity and Inclusion through Policy, Procedures and Budgets. The remote venue allowed for an engaging discussion…



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