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2024 DEI Forum Achieving Equity Together: April 30-May 1, 2024

The Professional Staff Organization DEI Committee is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2024 Annual DEI Forum will be held on April 30 and May 1. This year’s forum will focus on overcoming the challenges associated with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in higher education. 

The event will center around the UW’s commitment to social justice and will feature workshops and small group discussions among campus leadership, esteemed faculty, and dedicated professional staff. The sessions are designed to foster open discussions to develop strategies for creating diversity initiatives to ensure the success of marginalized communities across the tri-campus community. 

Mark your calendars, and join us as we work together to create a university community that embraces diversity, champions equity, and values inclusion. 

Registration is now open: 

For more information, please email the PSO DEI Committee. 

Professional Staff Organization Spring Celebration with UW President Ana Mari Cauce

The PSO is excited to host the annual Spring Celebration with UW President Ana Mari Cauce on Friday, May 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the end of another extraordinary academic and fiscal year. The event will begin with refreshments and an onsite reception, followed by the President’s address on Zoom. Connect with other professional staff, meet the new PSO Board members, see what your PSO has been up to, and hear from UW President Ana Mari Cauce. We are also excited to announce the recipients of the annual Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Excellence Award at the Celebration!

This event is taking place in the Health Sciences Education Building, Room 101, with President Cauce’s address on Zoom. Please register here:

Intergenerational Wisdom: Healing Forward with Dr. Wilson Edward Reed

In honor of Black History Month, the Burke Museum has partnered with the PSO DEI committee to host a candid conversation that centers on the elders of the African diaspora, cultural healing modalities, and a shared reflection from Dr. Wilson Edward Reed. He will share how his healing journey from anxiety and depression has evolved since living through the era of Jim Crow in the racially divisive state of Mississippi.

The presentation will include a grounding exercise inspired by the book:

‘The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee

Drawing: Attendees will be entered into a raffle for a chance to receive a free copy of the author’s book ‘June Bug’. Up to 10 winners will be chosen.

Learn more about the background of the author and the book details below.

About the Author:


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

12-1 PM

Registration Link:

For questions, please reach out to

Join us for the Winter Wellness Fair – January 26

The Professional Staff Organization Events Committee is excited to invite staff to our Winter Wellness Fair, in collaboration with UW Recreation. Stop by the Intramural Activities Building (IMA) on January 26, 11am-1pm to meet colleagues and start your year off right. We’ll have…

  • Micro massages
    Climbing at the Crags Climbing Center
    Intramural games
    Access to the pool, activity areas, and tours
    Group fitness classes
    And more!!!

You’ll have the chance to win amazing raffle prizes, including class passes and climbing center passes. This event is free for UW staff!

Please fill out the interest form here!

Inclusivity Around The Winter Holiday Season

Join us for a dynamic committee presentation and group discussion on creating inclusive and joyous holiday celebrations. In a world that embraces diversity, it’s essential to ensure our holiday festivities are reflective of the rich tapestry of cultures and traditions within our community. We will explore practical strategies for promoting inclusivity, sharing diverse holiday experiences, and fostering a sense of belonging for everyone. Through open dialogue and collaborative discussions, let’s collectively discover ways to make this winter holiday season a source of joy for every individual, irrespective of background or beliefs. Your insights and ideas are vital in shaping a more inclusive and festive community spirit. Let’s celebrate the holidays together with warmth, understanding, and unity.

December 5, 2023

12-1 PM

Presentation via Zoom.

For questions, please reach out to

November Lunch & Learn: Office of the Ombud

The Professional Staff Organization Events Committee is excited to invite you to our November Virtual Lunch & Learn! Join us Thursday, November 16th 12-1pm via Zoom to learn about the Office of the Ombud and their value for Professional Staff at the University of Washington. The Office of the Ombud’s mission is to provide high quality, client-focused services for preventing, managing, navigating and resolving conflict at the UW while also working to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the University’s systems and operations. During this lunch and learn session, a staff member from the Office of the Ombud will utilize examples of real scenarios and answer participant questions to educate us all on engaging with this tremendous resource. Mark your calendars and RSVP today:

September Social

The Professional Staff Organization Events Committee is excited to invite you to the September Social! Join us September 12 at Schultzy’s Bar & Grill to meet other professional staff, hear about upcoming PSO events, and celebrate the start of fall! Light appetizers/snacks available while they last, as well as giveaway items! You are welcome to purchase your own beverages. Please RSVP HERE and feel free to drop in anytime between 5:00-6:30pm. 

Date: Tuesday September 12 

Time: 5:00-6:30pm 

Location: Schultzy’s Bar & Grill (4114 University Way NE) 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

2023 DEI Forum Inspiring Belonging and Creating Community

The quad is buzzing with tourists, the cherry blossoms have bloomed, and April has officially arrived. The Professional Staff Organization is looking forward to welcoming Husky students, staff, and faculty to join the PSO for the 2023 Annual DEI Forum this Spring. This year is focused on inspiring belonging and creating community. Rickey Hall, Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer, will provide an update on the University of Washington’s progress on Diversity Efforts, as well as join a panel composed of Tri-Campus Leadership to continue the conversation on DEI endeavors.  

During the 2-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Campus Leadership, Faculty, and Professional Staff while engaging in various workshops and small group discussions rooted in our commitment to social justice. In this space, we intend to spark conversation and further connection throughout our UW Tri-Campus community. Session topics will offer insight on building inclusive spaces, understanding the work necessary to achieve belonging, and begin paving paths for marginalized communities to succeed in all aspects on our campuses.

Register now for the DEI Forum!  

If you are a Professional Staff Member that is passionate about advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the PSO DEI Committee is currently seeking members to join in on developing future programming and contribute to engagement efforts that support our diverse Pro Staff community. You can inquire about joining the DEI Committee or other Standing Committees on the PSO Committees’ page.  

The PSO thanks our sponsors, Greater Washington State HERC, PSO Board members, and contributors to the PSO fund that have made this event and our work possible throughout the year.  

PSO Spring Celebration – May 17

The PSO is excited to host the annual Spring Celebration with UW President Ana Mari Cauce on May 17, 3:00–4:00 p.m. The Celebration will be VIRTUAL on Zoom; however, there will be an in-person social at HUB Games following the celebration (4:30-5:30pm) for folks to meet other professional staff! We will have refreshments and PSO gear to give out at the HUB Games social.  


Join us as we celebrate the end of another extraordinary academic (and fiscal) year. Connect with other professional staff, meet the new PSO Board members, see what your PSO has been up to, and converse with UW President Ana Mari Cauce. This year, we are also excited to announce the recipients of our inaugural DEIB Excellence Award at the Celebration! We hope to see you there!  


Click here to register and submit your questions to the president by May 1. 

PSO Spring Event Survey Due March 31

Professional staff are invited to complete a brief survey (<1 minute) to share ideas for an optional in-person social following the Spring Celebration on May 17. Your feedback will help the PSO Events Committee create an engaging in-person event for professional staff to meet one another and celebrate the end of the quarter.

The deadline for completing the survey is March 31.

Complete the survey! 

Save the Date – PSO Spring Celebration will be held via Zoom on May 17, 3-4pm. In-person social will be held after the celebration, 4:30-5:30pm.