Funding opportunities

The College offers two funding opportunities focused on increasing diversity and access:

Yakama Nation Endowed Fund for Student Support

Tom and Arline Hinckley established the Yakama Nation Endowed Fund for Student Support to support the recruitment and retention of prospective and enrolled undergraduate and graduate Yakama Nation tribal members within the College of the Environment, and to deepen the connection between the University of Washington and the Yakama Nation via informal and formal gatherings, exchanges and co-learning.

Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply for funding to support recruitment, retention and co-learning activities.

Support for diversity-oriented meetings

The College supports a range of student organizations that organize and host meetings attended by College of the Environment students where central goals of the meeting include linking science (natural and/or social) to policy or real world application, and advancing diversity and inclusion within the College, the University and relevant STEM fields.

To learn more about both funds, including how to apply, please visit the Scholarships & Funding page.

College of the Environment Diversity Committee

The College of the Environment Diversity Committee reviews diversity needs and efforts at the College and helps develop policies that increase diversity in College students, faculty and staff.

To learn more about the Diversity Committee, please visit the Committee’s webpage.

Disability accommodation

At the University of Washington, it is the policy and practice to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. In the College of the Environment, all students have the right to an environment that maximizes their learning. To the extent possible, it is crucial that all students have access to the full range of learning experiences. If students are not able to fully participate due to a disability, specific accommodations to provide alternate and equal experiences should be the goal.

Please click here for the College’s full guidelines on disability accommodation and here to view a sample syllabus statement.

Faculty hiring guidelines

See the College guidelines and sample language for writing faculty job advertisements and selecting and interviewing applicants that welcome broad application of qualified candidates. If you’re looking to broaden your search and diversify your candidate pool, you can use our list of places to post faculty ads.

For examples of faculty advertisements that successfully incorporate diversity language into the body of the ad, check out recent ads by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences.

Visit the UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change website on ‘Interrupting Bias in the Faculty Search’ to learn about key concepts, common shortcuts and research on bias in the faculty search process.

Family-friendly tenure extension policies

See the College policy and guidelines for extending your tenure clock. The College also provides tenure file review guidelines for taking tenure clock extensions into account.

UW funding and fellowship

The College also encourages students to apply to university-wide support. Below are programs that the University of Washington administers.

University-wide resources

Find out what diversity resources are available to the students of our university by visiting Diversity at the UW and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.

The Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) provides graduate students with funding, professional development and community building opportunities. GO-MAP also works with faculty and staff to provide resources and best practices for recruitment and retention of graduate students of color.

OMAD has created a Staff Diversity Hiring Toolkit to help search committees increase their outreach efforts and build an inclusive applicant pool. Additionally, review the University of Washington Human Resources website and the EOAA webpage as these sources will provide the policies and procedures governing employment and contracting in the state of Washington.

Advice and support

If you find yourself in a conflict with a supervisor or team member, or just have a question about what is appropriate or expected in a given relationship, you may contact any of these free services for confidential advice.

ITHS Research Ethics Consult Service

For questions of authorship, conflicts of interest, attribution and other questions impacting research collaborations. You can email the ITHS service at

UW Ombudsman

For interpersonal conflicts that could benefit from conciliation, mediation or just coaching you personally through a strategy to address the difficult situation. You can email the ombudsman service at

University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO)

For discrimination, retaliation or harassment concerns: UCIRO home page.

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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