Trends and Issues in Higher Ed

Race & Equity

May 4, 2017

The diversity blueprint: From planning to action

The University of Washington is an enormous — and complicated — organization. As such, any high-priority campus-wide goals require flexible plans; a one-size-fits-all model simply won’t do. In terms of diversity, every unit on campus — from academic programs to administrative offices — has its own priorities and resources. That’s why the new Diversity Blueprint…

May 3, 2017

Fostering excellence: Faculty recruitment and retention

Office for Faculty Advancement members

The University of Washington makes it a priority to recruit and retain faculty whose research, teaching and service enhance diversity, and in turn bring excellence. Already, schools and colleges across the three campuses recognize the importance of diversity in prioritizing faculty recruitment and advancement, and overcoming external and internal barriers to hiring. “We are living…

May 2, 2017

Committing to inclusive teaching at UW Tacoma

Making a positive impact on an inclusive campus climate often begins in individual classrooms. Yet, as instructors well know, adapting teaching practices to meet the needs of a diverse student body is sometimes easier said than done. Such work involves critical self-reflection and attention to forms of systemic oppression, such as racism or sexism, that…

May 1, 2017

Curriculum transformation: Fostering inclusive classrooms

India Ornelas (far right), chair of the School of Public Health’s Diversity Committee, says that passing the new core competency was a collaborative effort involving many meetings, presentations and informal conversations to communicate the importance of the proposed addition. Photo: Filiz Efe McKinney.

Curriculum transformation is a process that asks faculty members to take a critical stance on power and difference in the classroom, interweave multiple perspectives and integrate student voices and knowledge into the learning process. “The Diversity Blueprint and the Diversity Requirement set goals for change at the university level, but within each classroom, curriculum transformation…

April 30, 2017

Workshops and trainings at the UW: Answering the call for change

Conversations sparked by the launch of the Race and Equity Initiative in April 2015 found faculty and staff across the three campuses looking for ways to learn more and make positive change. As part of its objective to “confront individual bias and racism,” the initiative has worked to provide opportunities for self-reflection and personal learning….

April 29, 2017

Talking about equity, difference and privilege

Congressman John Lewis urges the UW community to persevere The UW had the distinct honor of hosting U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at the Seattle campus, Feb. 23, 2017. Says Vice Provost and Dean Ed Taylor, “Lewis’ personal journey from a student-activist to congressman inspires us, as leaders, to maintain that same passion for addressing…

April 28, 2017

Developing new means for reporting and addressing bias

A critical step toward addressing bias at an institutional level is understanding exactly how individual students, faculty and staff experience bias, and in what ways. In early 2015, Denzil Suite, vice president of Student Life, and Sheila Edwards Lange, former vice president for OMA&D created a task force to assess how bias affects campus community…

April 27, 2017

New and noteworthy

The president’s new advisory committee to work with campus police Part of the Division of Student Life, UWPD plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining a safe and welcoming campus environment. UWPD staff have standing partnerships with the Q Center, Housing and Food Services, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Intercollegiate Athletics, Health & Wellness, Health…

April 26, 2017

Tri-campus voices

What do students have to say? What do Bothell and Tacoma have to say? What do schools and colleges have to say?

November 18, 2015

Understanding and Supporting Undocumented Students at the University of Washington

Leadership Without Borders Center

An interview with Dr. Gabriel Gallardo, Interim Vice President for Minority Affairs and Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, and Marisa Herrera, Executive Director of Community Building and Inclusion, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity: Q: How many undocumented students are at the UW, and what are their needs? Gabriel Gallardo: There are probably 150-200 undocumented…

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