Race & Equity Initiative


April 11, 2019

Creating a more welcoming working and learning environment at the UW

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, At the University of Washington, we are united by our mission to benefit the public — through education, discovery and service — in ways that have the greatest possible impact. Equity and inclusion are essential to that mission. Only in a welcoming and respectful working and learning environment can we…

January 14, 2019

UW News: Minority Ph.D. students in STEM fare better with clear expectations, acceptance

UW News staff Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are more likely to advance professionally, publish more research and secure postdoctoral and faculty positions if their institutional culture is welcoming and sets clear expectations, according to a study of hundreds of Ph.D. students at four top-tier California research universities. “Our study strongly indicates that the onus…

December 10, 2018

UW NEWS: UW’s Havana McElvaine selected as prestigious Marshall scholar

Jackson Holtz UW News University of Washington alumna Havana McElvaine, Class of 2017, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest honors available to college graduates in the U.S. She plans to attend the London School of Economics and Oxford University. “I was totally shocked,” said McElvaine, 23. “First I felt surprised, followed…

August 22, 2018

New Video for First Year Students

When incoming freshmen and transfer students arrive at the University of Washington, they bring a wide range of understanding and experience with the ideas surrounding race, equity, diversity and inclusion. For some, these concepts are very much a part of their world-view. For others, our campus will become the place where they shape their understanding…

June 7, 2018


UW Homepage  The benefits of study abroad are well documented, from increased confidence to an expanded worldview — and college students who study abroad are more likely to do better in school and graduate on time. But that experience is often unattainable for a particular group of students: men of color. Of the more than…

Dean’s letter: When our progress feels glacial — Reflections on diversity and inclusion

May 30, 2018 | College of the Environment As Dean, this is the joyous time of year when we honor the achievements of our faculty, staff and students and confer degrees on our proud graduates. And then, as this season of ceremonies, champagne and cupcakes winds down, I will pause to take stock of our…

March 28, 2018

New minor recognizes, celebrates Pacific Islander community

Kim Eckart UW News   Nearly 20 years ago, members of a UW student, faculty and staff organization called Voyagers noticed something missing. The group, for Pacific Islander students and their allies, found little of their heritage or culture reflected in courses and activities, and scant evidence of efforts to grow their numbers of students…

March 7, 2018

Collumns Magazine Article: OMA&D at 50: The people behind the movement

Student activism in 1968 led the UW to create one of the nation’s first office of minority affairs. Here’s their story. And their outlook for the future. SEE FULL STORY BY MISTY SHOCK RULE | PHOTOS BY QUINN RUSSELL BROWN | ART DIRECTION BY KEN SHAFER 

February 22, 2018

UW News: New curriculum prioritizes tribal sovereignty, cultural respect in scientific research of American Indian, Alaska Native communities

February 22, 2018 Kim Eckart UW News When scientists have conducted research in Native American communities, the process and the results have sometimes been controversial. There have been a few well-known cases, such as the 1979 Barrow Alcohol Study, in which researchers examined substance use in the tiny Arctic Circle town and issued findings to the…

February 21, 2018

UW News: A talk with UW historian Quintard Taylor: Taking ‘the long view’ in troubled times

Peter Kelley UW News Four decades of teaching and research have brought Quintard Taylor a lifetime achievement award from the Washington State Historical Society. Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of History at the University of Washington, now emeritus, with additional appointments in the American Ethnic Studies Department and the Center for Multicultural Education. He is also the…

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