Anti-Racism & EDI

Anti-Racism & Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Standing in Solidarity with Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQA+, immigrant, differently abled, religious minority, and other marginalized communities 






















Image designed by UW student Megan Manzano, used with permission

To the UW Bioethics & Humanities Community:

Our country continues to confront the realities of racism ingrained in our systems and actualized by individuals. The tragic murder of George Floyd reverberates throughout our society due to its deep connection to systemic oppression and violence faced by Black families in communities across this country, including Seattle. 

We recognize that both the events of this past week involving police brutality and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic distinctly affect our Black colleagues and students. We also understand that bearing witness to ongoing systematic oppression and violence against Black families and communities detrimentally affects people’s health and wellbeing, especially for Black students and colleagues who have experienced and continue to experience racism and anti-blackness first-hand. We strive to support our Black colleagues and students against these continued injustices.

We commit ourselves and our department to the practice of anti-racism, confronting racist ideologies both within ourselves and our community. We commit to centering the values of equity and inclusion in our research, teaching, and community engagement. Only through making these concerted and ongoing efforts can we serve our mission of health through social justice. 

We recognize that we have a lot of work to do to actualize the values of equity and inclusion in our lives. We look forward to joining with each of you to build the just and caring community we aspire to. 

In Solidarity,
The Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine

Department Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Values Statement

We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of our scholarship, teaching, and service. 

  • We believe that the best work in bioethics is achieved when varied perspectives are incorporated, which requires a commitment to including underrepresented voices in our research, education, and practice. 
  • We work to further social, health, and healthcare equity as fundamental to bioethics. This entails partnering with minority and marginalized populations, initiating outreach with underrepresented and minority communities, and leading by example. 
  • In these regards and others, we strive to respect and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity by creating an environment that embodies these values in our recruitment, scholarship, research, education, and service.  

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2020-2021 Bioethics Social Justice Chats

For Spring quarter in the 2020-2021 academic year, we are hosting a new monthly bioethics social justice chat, at 4:30-5:30 pm.  The next chat will be Thursday, June 3, 2021, and it is open to all.  Email for Zoom URL information.  

Resources for Resistance and Healing 

Here are articles, books, podcasts, videos, and other resources to support this important work towards justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, staff, and faculty in our community. 

We welcome additions and edits to this page. If you have any suggestions, please email

    Decolonizing Bioethics 


    RACISM & COVID-19 

    Decolonizing Science and Medicine 




    More Information

    Resources for Resistance and Healing





    Resources for Understanding Racism 





    Resources for White Accomplices/Disruptors



    Police, Incarceration, and Abolitionist Theory & Practice 




    Diversity at the UW 

    Many campus resources for diversity are listed here.

    The University of Washington’s Diversity Blueprint articulates the tri-campus community’s aspirations for becoming a truly inclusive and equitable environment for learning, research, service, and outreach.  To effectively respond to ongoing needs as well as to enhance progress already made, and in order to reflect current concerns of the University community, the Diversity Council has produced a new Diversity Blueprint for 2017-2021 organized around these six goals to take action on:

    • Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate
    • Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body
    • Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty
    • Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff
    • Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs
    • Improve Accountability and Transparency

    Within the UW School of Medicine, the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion works to build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and further health equity in our state and region by advancing diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School of Medicine’s teaching, patient care and research programs. CEDI’s programs and collaborations are aligned to further its goal of promoting diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School of Medicine including the WWAMI region.

    Dr. Jecker collaborates with colleagues throughout Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe.

         - Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science International Fellow (2018)

         - Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (2018)

         - Scholar-in-residence at the Brocher Foundation (2017)

         - Visiting Professor at The University of Bucharest Research Institute (2017)

         - Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2017)

         - Keynote speaker at the Israeli Ministry of Health (2017)

    Dr. Jecker was recently awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at the Bellagio Center, Como, Italy (2020). 

    Dr. Jecker serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Bioethics (elected 2019).



    Dr. Fullerton's work on equity, diversity and inclusion centers on health disparities, specifically as it relates to genomics and precision medicine. 
    Publications (last 12 months only):

    Umeukeje, E, Young, B, Fullerton, SM, Cavanaugh, K, Owens, D, Wilson, JG, Burke, W, & Blacksher E (2019). You are just now telling us about this? African American perspectives on testing for genetic susceptibility to kidney disease. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 30(4): 526-530 [original work].

    Lee, SSJ, Fullerton, SM, Saperstein, A, & Shim, J (2019). The ethics of inclusion: cultivating trust in precision medicine. Science, 64(6444): 941-942 [commentary].

    Young, BA, Blacksher, E, Cavanaugh, KL, Freedman, BI, Fullerton, SM, Kopp, JB, Umeukeje, EM, West, KM, Wilson, JG, & Burke, W, for the APOL1 Stakeholders Project (2019). APOL1 testing in African Americans: involving the community in policy discussions. American Journal of Nephrology, 50(4): 303-311 [original work].

    Callier, S, & Fullerton, SM (in press). Diversity and inclusion in unregulated mHealth research: addressing the risks. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics [commentary].


    2U24 HG007307-05 Jarvik/Veenstra/Nickerson/Fullerton/Tarczy-Hornoch (MPI), Evolving our Partnership: The CSER2 Centralized Support Coordinating Center, 8/1/17 - 6/30/21, Role: MPI

    1R01 HG010330-01 Lee/Shim (MPI), Ethics of Inclusion: Diversity and Social Justice in Precision Medicine Research, 9/20/18 - 6/30/22, Role: Subcontract PI

    5U01 HL120393-04 Psaty/Rice/Rich (MPI), Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Data Coordinating Center (DCC), 4/1/14 - 4/30/23, Role: CoI (ELSI Committee Co-Chair)


    "Aiming for equity: the ethical case for greater diversity in genomic research participation", presentation for "Diversity Matters: Scientific and Ethical Strategies for Achieving Representation in Genomics" Invited Session, American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, October 2017

    “Health care disparities in genomic medicine”, for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health Fall 2017 Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2017

    “Precision medicine for all: why diversity and inclusion matter for the genome sciences”, Occidental College Biochemistry Alumni Lecture, Los Angeles, CA, September 2018

    “Consumer genomics: diversity and potential for disparities”, Exploring the Current Landscape of Consumer Genomics Workshop, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health, Washington, DC, October 2019

    Chair Special national service:

    2018 Member, NHGRI Special Emphasis Panel, ZHG1 HGR-M M3: Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics: Diversity Action Plan (DAP) (R25)

    2018 Member, Planning Committee, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health, Workshop on Understanding Disparities in Access to Genomic Medicine, June 27, Washington, DC

    2019-present Member, Steering Committee, Vanderbilt-Miami-Meharry Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative (PMHDC)

    Guest teaching:

    SOC WL 591 Embodiment of Risk, Health Disparities, and Stress Mechanisms (Nurius): Explanation or Intervention?

    Ethical Perspectives on Health Disparities Research (2012 to present) GEN ST 391K Jump-Start Yours

    Undergraduate Research:

    For Incoming Community College Transfer Students (Harris): Research Ethics – Responsible Conduct of Research (2016 to present)

    Student mentorship:

    2013-2014 Samantha Torres (Public Health Genetics MPH), Chair 2011-2015 Mercy Laurino (Public Health Genetics PhD)


    Dr. Campelia's research intersects with feminist bioethics and often attends to marginalized identities and experiences in medicine.

    Dr. Roberto Montenegro and Dr. Campelia published "Ongoing Obstacles to Confronting Microaggressions in Medicine", PM&R Sep 2019. You can find more of this work here.

    Dr. Campelia is the Ethics Theme Director in a course for medical students at the UW School of Medicine called The Ecology of Health and Medicine, which addresses EDI-related goals in medical school curriculum.

    Additionally, Dr. Campelia has been involved in multiple professional organizations that focus on equity, diversity and inclusion: currently a member of the International Network of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics and the Association of Feminist Ethics & Social Theory (FEAST).

    Dr. Campelia is also committed to EDI service, including work as a member on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Faculty Development Steering Committee at the UW School of Medicine.

    Dr. Campelia currently chairs the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee in the UW Department of Bioethics & Humanities.



    Ms. Trinidad's empirical bioethics research and current doctoral studies center on community engagement, with a particular focus on the ethics and praxis of community-engaged health research with Alaska Native and American Indian communities. Much of her research has been conducted in partnership with tribal health organizations serving Alaska Native people in southcentral and southwest Alaska, as well as the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. Ms. Trinidad is a member of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the Academy of Communication in Healthcare.

    Relevant publications (past 5 years):

    Dorfman EH, Trinidad SB, Morales CT, Howlett K, Burke W, Woodahl EL. Pharmacogenomics in context:  acceptability and feasibility in rural and tribal community settings. Pharmacogenomics. 2015;16(3):227-37. PMCID: PMC4360986

    Trinidad SB, Ludman EJ, Hopkins S, James RD, Hoeft TJ, Kinegak A, Lupie H, Kinegak R, Boyer BB, Burke W. Community dissemination and genetic research:  moving beyond results reporting. Am J Med Genet  A. 2015;167(7):1542-50. PMCID: PMC4478235

    Morales C, Muzquiz L, Azure B, Bodnar B, Finley V, Incashola T, Mathias C, Laukes C, Beatty P, Trinidad SB, James R, Burke W, Pershouse M, Putnam E, Woodahl E. Partnership with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes: establishing an advisory committee for pharmacogenetic research. Prog Community Health Partnersh, 2016 Summer;10(2):169-70. PMCID: PMC5015644

    Hiratsuka VY, Avey JP, Trinidad SB, Beans JA, Robinson RF. Views on electronic cigarette use in tobacco screening and cessation in an Alaska Native healthcare setting. Int J of Circumpolar Health. 2015;74:27794. PMCID: PMC4612470

    Avey JP, Hiratsuka VY, Trinidad SB, Tyndale RF, Robinson RF. Perceptions of pharmacogenetic research to guide tobacco cessation by patients, providers and leaders in a tribal healthcare setting. Pharmacogenomics. 2016; 17(4):405-15. PMCID: PMC5558512

    Hiratsuka VY, Trinidad SB, Avey J, Robinson RF. Application of the PEN-3 model on tobacco initiation, use, and cessation among American Indian and Alaska Native adults. Health Promot Pract. 2016 May 13; 17(4):471-81. PMCID pending.

    Trinidad SB, Shaw JL, Dirks L, Ludman EJ, Burke W, Dillard DA. Perceptions of alcohol misuse among Alaska Native healthcare system stakeholders:  a qualitative exploration. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2019 Feb 4:1-24. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2018.1556766. [epub ahead of print]

    Hiratsuka VY, Trinidad SB, Ludman EJ, Shaw JL, Burke W, Robinson RF, Dillard DA. “You actually view us as the experts in our own system”: Indigenous-academic community partnership. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. [accepted Nov 22, 2019]

    EDI-Related Funded Research (selected):

    1S06GM127911-01, Ferucci (PI), Avey (project PI), 09/06/2018 – 07/31/2022, Cultural Innovations for Recovery in Community-based Learning Circles (NARCH 10): The CIRCLE project is part of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium/ Southcentral Foundation Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH). We are developing a culturally grounded smartphone app to support Alaska Native and American Indian people in recovery from alcohol use disorder, incorporating peer support and community reinforcement approaches into a treatment modality that is feasible for use in rural settings in Alaska. As a co-investigator, I am contributing to study design, qualitative analysis of stakeholder input regarding design and implementation preferences, software specification development, and dissemination.

    R01 HG009500, Hiratsuka (PI), 9/05/2017 – 6/30/2020, Community-engaged Research Toward Precision Medicine with American Indian Alaska Native People:  This study will identify principles and approaches that can provide the foundation for effective precision medicine research (PMR) in American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) communities. In collaboration with our AIAN Community Advisory Groups, we will conduct empiric data collection from stakeholders at each study site; convene local dialogs with tribal leadership at each site and cross-site deliberation to discuss key issues; develop a communication plan to chart key messages, audiences, and communication vehicles; and convene a national meeting to identify areas of consensus and challenges to be overcome in implementing PMR in AIAN communities. As a co-investigator, I am contributing to data collection, analysis, and dissemination.

    1S06 GM123545-01, Hiratsuka (PI), 09/15/2017 – 07/31/2021, Population-based Interventions to Improve Behavioral Health in a Tribal Healthcare System (NARCH 9): The Faculty Development Core of the Southcentral Foundation Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH IX) will evaluate and enhance the clinical and translational research skills of individual researchers; build writing skills and publication records; and improve lay dissemination. As a co-investigator, I serve as a writing coach and consultant and assist/advise in manuscript preparation and community outreach/education.

    U26 1 IHS0079-01-00, Dillard (PI), 9/15/2013 – 9/14/2019, Southcentral Foundation Research Center for Alaska Native Health (2013 NARCH 7): This Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) addresses the role of pharmacogenetics in interventions to promote tobacco cessation and sobriety in the Alaska Native and American Indian community in Southeast Alaska. I am developing human subjects protection plans, participating in qualitative design and analysis, aiding in survey development, and participating in dissemination activities. I am also serving as a peer mentor to qualitative researchers at the Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native owned and operated healthcare corporation based in Anchorage.

    P01 GM116691-01, Thummel /Burke (MPI), 8/1/2016 – 7/30/2021, Program on Genetic and Dietary Predictors of Drug Response in Rural and AI/AN Populations: This program is based in a research partnership comprising the Universities of Washington, Montana, and Alaska (Fairbanks); Group Health Research Institute; and three tribal organizations, Southcentral Foundation (Anchorage, AK), the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (Flathead Reservation, MT), and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Bethel, AK). We are investigating the role of gene-environment-drug and polygenic-drug interactions in Alaska Native and American Indian people. I am an investigator in the Partnership Core, which is focusing on developing knowledge about and procedures to support bi-directional capacity development; return of research results to participants and communities; and data sharing. My role includes qualitative research design/conduct/analysis, curriculum development, and communication support.


    Dr. Dudzinski published a 2018 essay titled "White Privilege and Playing It Safe" and was later interviewed by the UW Medicine Newsroom about this topic.

    Publications (select):

    Lang, KR, CY Dupree, AA Kon, DM Dudzinski. 2016. Calling Out Implicit Racial Bias as a Harm in Pediatric Care. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 25:3, 540-52;

    Dudzinski, DM. White privilege & Playing it Safe. blog. April 11, 2018. 

    Commentary: Playing it Safe; UW Medicine Newsroom:

    Dudzinski, DM. 2018. White privilege & Playing it Safe. American Journal of Bioethics. 18:1, 4-5.

    Dudzinski, DM. 2013. Ethics Committees and Consultants at Work. Case: Methamphetamine Addiction and Medical Futility. “In the Interest of Fairness” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 22, 401-402.

    Campelia, G, J. Kirkpatrick, J. Shirley, DM Dudzinski. Discharging to the Street: When Homeless Patients Refuse Safer Options. American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. October 26, 2019.

    Lang, KR, AA Kon, CY Dupree, DM Dudzinski. “Pediatric Care Providers are Color-Blind” and Other White Lies: The Impact of Implicit Bias and Unconscious Racism on the Care of Children. American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Meeting, San Diego, California. October 18, 2014

    Brazg, T and DM Dudzinski. What Does it Mean to Advocate for a Vulnerable Patient in Ethics Consultation? Who Should Do It? International Clinical Ethics Consultation Conference. Paris, France. April 22, 2014

    Presenter & Member of Program Committee, The Ethical & Policy Implications of Limiting Growth in Children with Severe Disabilities Symposium. University of Washington Disability Studies Program & Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, May 16, 2007

    Professional Development & Diversity Training (select): Implicit Bias Training, Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), half day, University of Washington, 2017 UW Medicine Leadership Retreat, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Quality of Conditions in the Learning Environment, May 2018 National Coalition Building Institute: Leadership for Diversity, day-long training, Seattle, Washington June 19, 2019 Diversity Leadership Symposium, Center for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (UW SOM), half-day, Seattle, Washington, December 11, 2019


    Dr. Kirkpatrick's most recent publication in support of the department's mission of "Health through Social Justice" is:

    Campelia GD, Barg FK, Kirkpatrick JN, Hull SC. Care Labor in VAD Therapy: Some Feminist Concerns. Perspect Biol Med. 2019;62(4):640-656. doi: 10.1353/pbm.2019.0037.  PMID: 31761798










    Dr. Sullivan recently completed an investigation into social roots of opioid epidemic linking opioid prescribing, opioid deaths and opioid hospitalizations in Washington with social determinants (education, race, unemployment, etc.) at the zipcode level using data from the WA Department of Health. 









     Dr. Blacksher's career in bioethics has focused on conceptual, ethical, and empiric questions raised by       systematic differences in health outcomes associated with class and race. In addition to her normative   scholarship,   Dr. Blacksher designs and implements deliberative engagements in collaboration with populations   burdened by excess   disease to address questions of relevance to them.
     Dr. Blacksher published Shrinking Poor White Life Spans: Class, Race, and Health Justice as a target article for   The   American Journal of Bioethics, which attracted 10 commentaries and earned her an invitation to present at   the National Academies of Science's Committee on Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic   Disparities.
    She was invited to present as distinguished faculty at the 2018 American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week: Racial Inequalities in Kidney Diseases: Connecting Social Factors to Genetic Risk for her work on APOL1 gene variants and racial disparities in kidney disease.
    In 2019, Dr. Blacksher was an invited research group member for The Hastings Center's "How Should the Public Learn? Reconstructing Common Purpose and Civic Innovation for a Democracy in Crisis," and invited to contribute to The Hastings Center Report “Reckoning with Whiteness and Renewing Our Capacities for Civic Listening and Learning in a Polarized and Unhealthy America.”
    Select Invited Lectures:
    “Concepts of Whiteness and Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities.” Presentation to Committee on Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities. National Academies of Science. Washington, D.C. July 18, 2019.
    “Health Justice at the Intersection of Class and Race: Concepts of Whiteness and Longevity Loss in Low Education White People” The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. The Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD. December 9, 2019.
    “White Privilege, White Poverty: Barriers to and Opportunities for Civic Learning and Democratic Discourse in a Polarized America.” Research Project Workgroup Member. How Should the Public Learn? Reconstructing Common Purpose and Civic Innovation for a Democracy in Crisis. The Hastings Center. Garrison, NY. November 15-18, 2018.
    “Challenges to Talking About APOL1 Gene Variants and Racial Disparities in Kidney Disease,” Racial Inequalities in Kidney Diseases: Connecting Social Factors to Genetic Risk (Distinguished Faculty). American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2018. San Diego, CA. October 27, 2018.
    “LBJ’s (Not So) Great Society After Fifty Years: A (Poor) Health Legacy.” Medical Center Hour. University of Virginia School of Medicine. Charlottesville, Virginia. February 11, 2015.
    Select Publications:
    Blacksher E. Shrinking Poor White Life Spans: Class, Race, and Health Justice. American Journal of Bioethics (target article, 10 commentaries) 2018;18(10):3-14. doi:10.1080/15265161.2018.1513585
    Blacksher E. 2018. Public Health and social justice: An argument against stigma as a tool of health promotion and disease prevention. In The Handbook of Stigma, Discrimination and Health, Link B, Dovidio J, Major B., eds. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
    Umeukeje E, Young B, Fullerton SM, Cavanaugh K, Owens D, Wilson JG, Burke W, Blacksher E. You Are Just Now Telling Us About This? African American Perspectives on Testing for Genetic Susceptibility to Kidney Disease. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 2019;30(4):526-530. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2018111091 (selected as part of “Best of JASN” 2019 ASN conference)
    Blacksher E. 2016. Obesity Prevention in Children: Media Campaigns, Stigma, and Ethical Considerations (Case Study). Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe, Barrett DH, Ortmann LH, Dawson A, Saenz C, Reis A, Bolan G, eds. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing. Available online at:
    Blacksher E, Goold SD. 2016. Black-White Infant Mortality: Disparities, Priorities, and Social Justice in Public Health (Case Study). Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe. Barrett DH, Ortmann LH, Dawson A, Saenz C, Reis A, Bolan G, eds. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing. Available online at:
    Blacksher E, Nelson C, Van Dyke ER, Bassett D, Echo-Hawk AL, Buchwald DS. Conversations about Community-Based Participatory Research and Trust: “We Are Explorers Together” Prog Community Health Partnersh 2016;10(2):305-9. PMID: 27346777. DOI: 1353/cpr.2016.0039.
    Blacksher E. Redistribution and Recognition: Pursuing Social Justice in Public Health. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2012;21(3):1-12. PMID:22624535. DOI:10.1017/S0963180112000047.
    Blacksher E. On Being Poor and Feeling Poor: Low SES and the Moral Self. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2002;23(6):455-470.


    The purpose of the University of Washington Department of Bioethics & Humanities Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (“EDI”) Committee is to lead and facilitate the pursuit of the Department’s goals as set forth in the Department’s Diversity Statement, and also to review and revise the Department’s Diversity Statement as needed to remain attuned and responsive to changes in Departmental and University priorities, as well as evolving understandings of equity, diversity, and inclusion. 


    To fulfill its purpose, the EDI Committee will perform the following services for the Department: 

    1. Set specific EDI-related Departmental goals in the areas of recruitment, scholarship, research, education, and service. 

    2. Gather data and evaluate Departmental progress with EDI goals in the areas of recruitment, scholarship, research, education, and service.

    3. Maintain a repository of EDI-enhancing strategies and activities. 

    4. Support the operations of the Wylie Burke Endowed Scholarship for Diversity.

    The EDI Committee consists of at least two faculty members, at least one staff member, and up to three UW students. 


    If you have a specific group discussion you'd like to organize with the support of the Bioethics and Humanities Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee please feel free to use this form. This can take the form of a film screening, reading an article or other written work, listening to a podcast, or discussing a particular EDI related issue. We do not have funding support, but can offer administrative support and faculty guidance. You may also email directly with your request.

    We are committed to serving all students.

    Please see our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Resources.

    The purpose of this endowed scholarship is to support University of Washington undergraduate and/or graduate students from diverse social and experiential backgrounds, who are working in interdisciplinary space to study the social, ethical, and policy implications of health research and/or healthcare. Preference shall be for students with affiliation to the Department of Bioethics & Humanities, though students from other UW departments are eligible.

    Scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 15 of each year, with a priority deadline of February 28. Apply online here.

    The Wylie Burke Scholars have the option to sit as a voting member on the UW Bioethics & Humanities Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and to participate in planning or facilitating select activities of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. Students have found innovative ways to create a more inclusive and equitable environment at UW through their involvement with committees like these.


    STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: Response to the 2016 Presidential Campaign

    The divisive and exclusionary tenor of the presidential campaign has, for some, sanctioned hateful rhetoric, discrimination, and violence. These acts violate human rights as well as our core commitments to equality, inclusion, and diversity. They have no place in our society, much less our campus community.

    While the election highlighted divisions among us, it also strengthened our resolve to treat one another with respect and kindness.  The Department of Bioethics & Humanities has faith in the kindness and good will of our students and colleagues.  In bioethics and the humanities more broadly, we routinely invite students, clincians, and researchers to share their religious, political, professsional, and cultural values; to articulate reasons for the positions they hold; and to understand and describe the perspectives of those with whom they disagree.  This engages not only ciritical thinking, but compassion.

    In light of recents events, many individuals on campus have expressed concerns that they are not welcome because of race, gender, religion, intellectual and physical capabilities, immigration status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In response, the Department of Bioethics & Humanities would like to send a strong message.  Everyone is invited and welcomed in our department, classrooms, and community.  The outcome of the election also underscores the needs of those who have felt marginalized in other ways - due to diminishing job opportunities and economic insecurity. You are also welcome in our department, classrooms, and community.  We are strengthened by the full participation of people from many different backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems.

    President Ana Mari Cauce & Dr. Jerry Baldasty said it best: "Our University is unwavering in its resolve to create an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community.  We can and will work together to find the best in each other, to bridge our differences and to treat each other with the respect and kindness that all people deserve."


    The faculty & staff of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities

    University of Washington School of Medicine