Race & Equity Initiative


July 8, 2020

UW Black Opportunity Fund

We are writing to you because our country has a problem. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed with fierce clarity the systemic inequality that affects every aspect of life, from who is most likely to be an essential worker to who is most affected by unemployment to who is in the greatest danger of dying from…

June 10, 2020

Race & Equity Initiative Anti-Racism Resources

We present this list for all who would like to gain a deeper understanding of historical and present-day manifestations of racism in the United States. This list of guides and resources is just a small sample of the abundance of resources available online. In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to add resources….

June 9, 2020

“I am breathing, but I’m not OK” by Ed Taylor

Originally published by the Seattle Times on June 7, 2020 By Ed Taylor Are you OK? People have been asking me, and I’ve been asking others. I appreciate the question and those asking. Please keep asking. The truth of the matter is that things are not OK. As I write this, I’m staying home because…

June 3, 2020

Lifting the veil: understanding the clarity this moment offers

Published May 30 Ana Mari Cauce I’m terrified to go outside. I don’t know what people see when they look at me. Do they see a strong, resilient, educated woman? Do they see someone who is their ancestors’ wildest dreams? Do they see a woman who has friends and family they love? I’m terrified to…

May 29, 2020

Antiracism work is all of our work

Dear members of the UW community, George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Three more Black lives snuffed out and lost to our world either at the hands of police or, in the case of Arbery, white racists being protected by local law enforcement. While we shouldn’t need it, these deaths serve as yet another reminder…

May 21, 2020

New Welcome Video for UW Staff Orientation

We are excited to share that the Race and Equity Initiative, in partnership with the Professional & Organizational Development (POD) and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D), has produced a video for new staff orientations and welcome programs in order to introduce values of equity and diversity at the UW. Understanding, diversity, equity,…

April 3, 2020

Covid-19 Resources for Current Students

We are here for you We remain dedicated to improving equity and belonging at the University of Washington in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. We are all impacted by efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus in our communities. While classes move online, we realize that day-to-day interactions and access to in-person resources…

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…

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