Terryl Ross, the College of the Environment's Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Terryl Ross
Terryl Ross, the College of the Environment’s Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The College is pleased to announce that Terryl Ross will come aboard as UW Environment’s inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion effective September 11, 2017.

At UW Environment, Terryl will provide leadership and coordination of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and services. He will represent the College at local, regional and national levels as a leader and innovator in diversity programming. Terryl will collaborate with Academic Affairs staff to enhance efforts to recruit and retain outstanding students, increase the presence of historically underrepresented students in the College, and foster an environment that encourages the success of every student, and he will work to explore and implement courses and curricula that incorporate dimensions of equity and justice.

With more than 30 years of experience in equity and inclusion work, including responsibility for diversity efforts at UW Bothell, Oregon State University and Green River Community College, he is well-poised to take on this position. He’s experienced in engagement with ethnically and culturally diverse communities and has successfully collaborated with students, faculty, staff and community members on a variety of issues related to equity, inclusion and education. Terryl has a demonstrated commitment to sustainability and environmental programming, including experience working with Sea Grant, Space Grant and the 2008 Focus the Nation climate change national teach-in. Terryl earned his Ph.D. from the UW in Educational and Communication Technology, his M.A. in Public Relations from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Government from Eastern Washington University. 

Many thanks to the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advisory search committee, which included Ernesto Alvarado (Associate Professor, Environmental and Forest Sciences) as chair, Dargan Frierson (Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences), Drew Gorman-Lewis (Associate Professor, Earth and Space Sciences), Michelle Hall (Director of Student and Academic Services, College of the Environment), Stephanie Harrington (Associate Dean for Administration, College of the Environment), Brett Ramey (Director, Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program) and Anill Rupan (Research Engineer, Oceanography).

Please join us in welcoming Terryl to the University of Washington College of the Environment!