Here are just a few resources available to students.  For more programs, organizations and funding opportunities in the College and across UW, please take a look at our Diversity Resource Guide for students.

College of the Environment resources

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.

At any time, proposals for up to $5,000 may be made by Yakama Nation tribal members who are registered or matriculated students at the UW in an environmentally related program or pursuing studies or research focused on the environment. Official documentation of tribal enrollment or affiliation is required.

Proposals for up to $2,000 specifically addressing recruitment, retention and/or deepening of connection between the College and the Yakama may be made by tribal members, College of the Environment students, staff and/or faculty.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit the Yakama Nation Endowed Fund for Student Support webpage.

Bethel Family Endowed Student Support Fund for Undergraduates

The Bethel Family Endowed Student Support Fund will competitively award up to five projects annually (award cap of $500) for work at the interface of academics and inclusion. Projects must be credit-bearing, and could include additional depth to a capstone, independent study, independent research, internship or other course.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on, immersive or experiential learning opportunities otherwise unavailable to the student due to economic or other lived experience challenges, and that will significantly advance the academic career of the student
  • Projects that increase the lived reality of the College of the Environment as an inclusive, diverse and equitable place
  • Environmental justice projects linking the student’s disciplinary learning to specific issues of import to underrepresented persons, communities and/or populations.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit the Bethel Family Endowed Student Support Fund webpage.

University resources

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

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

Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE)

Each quarter, GSEE hosts events that range from mixers to technical workshops. Faculty, community members and students are all invited to these events which support prospective and current graduate students of underrepresented/underserved minority backgrounds.

Event Highlights

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Prospective Student Days

Admitted prospective graduate students of color are invited to join us for Prospective Student Days (PSDs). This event provides the opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the network of support for diverse graduate students on the UW campus, including:

  • Student-led discussion on perspectives of being a diverse graduate student of color
  • Opportunities to receive important information on campus resources from representatives from graduate housing, financial aid, fellowships and other student service offices
  • Opportunities to meet and network with current diverse graduate students, faculty and staff

Please visit GSEE’s website for more information and to register.

Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Diversity Committee

The GPSS Diversity Committee (DC) promotes the inclusion and involvement of all graduate and professional students at UW-Seattle, and awareness and understanding of the diversity of students in graduate higher education. The DC also works to incorporate diversity elements into GPSS’s goals and activities. Please visit the GPSS website for more information.

Funding and fellowship

The College of the Environment encourages students to get involved with the:


SACNAS is a national society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists — from college students to professionals — to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science.  UW SACNAS represents the national SACNAS organization, which in its inclusivity, is dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.  The UW SACNAS chapter works to create awareness on the importance of diversity in STEM fields.  Through mentoring and outreach, UW SACNAS has built a successful model of community for undergraduates and graduate students of color.

UW ADVANCE: The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program strives to increase the participation of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers with funding opportunities for individuals and organizations to help pursue these goals. ADVANCE is a campus and national resource for best practices in academic leadership development and cultural change and policy transformation.