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.

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, postdocs, faculty and community partners. I’m hoping you will collaborate with me to create and manifest an office that helps our College become 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 our 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!

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 UW Postdoc Diversity Alliance has created a safe space for UW Black students to connect with other students across the country, listen and share called Dear Black Student© First Fridays.

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.

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DEI efforts around the College of the Environment

Environmental Actions

We want to feature what is happening within our College and across the University of Washington.

Suggestions or Comments can be sent to TERRYL ROSS at TJROSS@UW.EDU

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Bias Incident, Non-discrimination and Sexual Harassment Resources

The College of the Environment and the UW are committed to protecting the rights and dignity of each individual in the university community.

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