Race & Equity Initiative

Student access

The University of Washington continues to build upon its endeavor to make a UW education more accessible and affordable.

Race & Equity Initiative Access Summit Series 

The purpose of this series is to answer questions, gain information and address access issues related to students, faculty and staff.  Information about upcoming summits will be posted here. 

Summit #1: Increasing access for students and faculty!
Tuesday, May 31
Meeting Notes  – PDF 


Patricia Loera, associate vice president for college access

OMA&D College Access Report

Dr. Chadwick Allen, associate vice provost for faculty advancement

Faculty Advancement and Hiring

Paul Seegert, Director of Admissions

Freshman Admissions URM Students 1998-2015


Current efforts to increase access include:

  • The UW is participating in the national Turning the Tide project. Among the project’s goals is to transform admissions practices in such a way that they “can more accurately and meaningfully assess young people’s contributions to others and their communities, especially students who vary widely by race, culture and class.”
  • A Community College Engagement Initiative is underway in order to continue our commitment to the significant number of students of color who transfer to the UW from our community and technical colleges.
  • The Graduation and Retention Rates Task Force has launched several pilot projects over the past year, including outreach to underrepresented students who have withdrawn. It is currently preparing recommendations to the provost for further action.
  • Increasing the availability of scholarship support for deserving students helps alleviate barriers to access and is a key priority in the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will launch publicly in October 2016.