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DEI+A: UW Resources

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University of Washington Resources

UW HR Diversity, equity, and inclusion

The UW HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion web site offers a number of resources, guides, and ideas for engagement at the unit level. Please visit their web site for a full list of resources.

resources for persons with disabilities

Disability Services Office provides resources regarding official UW policy, accommodation, parking, ergonomics, and services for the Deaf or hard of hearing. Please visit the DSO web site for more information.

OFFICE OF MINORITY AFFAIRS & DIVERSITY

The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of increasing diversity on campus and enriching the collegiate experience for all UW students, faculty, and staff. OMA&D helps foster collaboration by ensuring that individuals who conduct unit-level diversity efforts are aware of their many colleagues across campus. With this information, a diversity committee or any other individual who produces diversity-related events/programs for a unit will be able to:

  • seek out guidance on best practices
  • identify collaborators for future events
  • provide a support network in their efforts to achieve the goals of the Diversity Blueprint

There are many tangible ways in which the School, as an on-campus partner and member of the community, can be involved and support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Since autumn quarter 2018, the School has had a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee. The committee is responsible for carrying out the mission of the UW Diversity Blueprint, which includes the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creative and academic excellence and represent a diverse spectrum of populations. The committee includes staff, faculty representing each division, and student representatives. Ex-officio members from across the UW may be invited to participate and collaborate with the committee.

The DEI+A Committee is tasked with establishing objectives, goals, and actions to effectively engage key stakeholders, create a communication strategy, establish a timeline for actions, and measure effectiveness. The committee helps to identify projects that meet the criteria for an OMA&D-funded Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant, which must advance one or more goals of Diversity Blueprint.

GO-MAP

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) supports the Graduate School’s commitment to expanding graduate education to underrepresented minoritized (URM) communities. GO-MAP provides outreach and recruitment, graduate funding, advocacy and consulting, personal and professional development opportunities, and hosts a busy schedule of networking events. GO-MAP serves to connect units engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, and is an excellent resource of information for such efforts.

Q CENTER

The UW Q Center is a student-run resource center that serves anyone with or without a gender or sexuality across the UW community including students, faculty, staff, and community members. Since its founding in 2005, the Q Center has offered support for student groups, operated a regular schedule of events, and offered training to small and large groups. The Q Center is a professional resource, advocate, and mentoring center for queer students and concerns at the UW. The Q Center offers guidance on legal name and gender changes both at the State and University-levels, and also provides information on gender-neutral housing and health and insurance options.

The Q Center offers training with regard to the Safe Zone Project, which trains faculty, staff, and mentors and offers guidelines regarding human sexuality, sexual and gender orientation, sexual and gender identity, and sexual and gender expression. See the Safer Zone sample presentation on the Q Center web site here: http://depts.washington.edu/qcenter/wordpress/education/safe-zone.

Visit the Q Center web site for more information regarding campus and community resources.

UW BUSINESS DIVERSITY

When planning your next event, or ordering supplies and materials, please consider visiting the UW Business Diversity Program website, which will connect you to local, small, and minority- / women-owned businesses. These businesses are certified with the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises and provide networking opportunities at the UW. The site includes contact information for local caterers (most with a UW contract) and restaurants on the Ave. Procurement Services, which is the UW purchasing entity, highlights businesses that have a UW contract and/or have been identified as diverse suppliers. As stated in the Board of Regents’ policy, the UW Business Diversity Program, "ensures that inclusiveness and equity of opportunity guide the business practices of the UW."

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