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Building and Bridging Caucus

Program Description


This leadership opportunity will develop a group of 12-15 University of Washington professional staff and/or faculty skilled in facilitating conversations about race and difference.


Led by Dr. Anu Taranath, the content will include their individual relationship to race/racism, intersectionality and racial identity, and collective responsibility for dismantling racism.


Staff/faculty facilitators will complete three two-hour training courses on the basics and fundamentals of caucusing work and race-based facilitations. Upon completion of the training, faculty and staff will serve for two quarters as members of the Building and Bridging Caucus Network. They will be able to facilitate racial caucus groups across UW Seattle colleges, schools, and departments. These racial dialogue spaces can foster both personal and professional knowledge expansion on race/racism within racial affinity groups for the staff facilitator and caucus participants.


The staff/faculty facilitator will receive a stipend or professional development funds for their six months of service as a building and bridging leader for the UW community.

Future Cohorts

We are admitting 12-14 people for this pilot program. If you are not selected for this initial launch of the program, you may still be eligible to participate in the future. 

Important Dates

  • Submission period | February 2, 2023 – February 24, 2023
  • Committee review timeline | February 24, 2023 – March 6,2023
  • Notifications | the week of March 6, 2023 
  • Session 1 | March 30, 2023 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Session 2 | April 5, 2023 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Session 3 | April 6, 2023 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm