At UW College of the Environment, diversity expands our collective perspective. Beyond dimensions of race and gender, diversity must involve the active engagement of peoples and their systems of knowledge, activities, experiences, and ideas.


We invite discourse through exchange and debate, as inclusion is the journey we travel to understand the roots of our identities and disciplines, and recognize how our scholarship affects, and is shaped by, society and culture. We celebrate disciplinary depth, and require breadth and innovation. We believe that unbounded inclusion is the foundation of effective interdisciplinary. As we broaden our community, we strengthen our ability to identify key issues, frame questions and address issues that span earth science, natural resources and human dimensions. Diversity, in all its forms, is not only desirable, but also required, for advancing our understanding of the environment and arriving at solutions that allow science to more effectively serve all of humanity.

Message from the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Terryl Ross

We’re in this together.

Greetings. I’m excited to serve as the College of the Environment’s first Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dean Graumlich and I are united in our commitment to making our College more inclusive and welcoming to all of our students, staff, faculty and community partners. I’m hoping you will collaborate with me to create and manifest an office that helps our College to be a national leader in issues related to equity and inclusion. To this end, I’m asking all of you to give 5 percent of your time towards these efforts—my job is to make sure your time is spent well and in ways that lead to positive change within our College.

My vision for diversity here is that we empower our diversity champions, pick the “critical few” ideas that have the greatest impacts, and hold each other accountable to our diversity-related commitments. In my short time here, I’ve met several diversity champions that give me hope for a productive future.

Accountability starts with me. My four initial goals that I ask you to hold me accountable to are to:

  1. Build an effective communication system to share the diversity-related opportunities and challenges with which we are faced.
  2. Support and empower our Diversity Committee to manifest its vision and plans.
  3. Conduct an assessment that builds upon our Culture Study and serves as the foundation for a dynamic College of the Environment Diversity Action Plan.
  4. Collaborate with the rest of out campus and surrounding communities to be active participants in environmental justice and sustainability.

Starting winter quarter of 2018, I will be posting updates on these four goals at the end of each quarter.

We’re all in this together—let the journey begin!

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