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 knowledge. As we broaden our community, we strengthen our ability to identify key issues, frame questions, and address issues that span earth sciences, 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.

Honoring place

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

The end of structural inequities begins with us

There are no easy or fast solutions to end structural inequities that have a negative impact on black, indigenous, and communities of color. We invite you to read the blog post from President Ana Mari Cauce and the letter from Rickey Hall, James McShay, and Wayne Au in response to the collective trauma from the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

The University of Washington offers different resources to cope with emotional distress: Mental health support and wellness resources.

The UW Race and Equity Initiative has created a list of anti-racist resources.

Explore UW College of the Environment diversity efforts

DEI efforts around the College