Diversity Committee


Upcoming Event: "Ferguson, Missouri: A UW/Seattle Community Discsussion."

Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Where: Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center: Unity Room
Time: 430pm-530pm
This is an all inclusive, safe space for the UW and Seattle communities.

Volunteer Opportunity

Bryant Elementary School Science Fair Mentors Needed once a week commitment  for 8-10 weeks. You will be mentoring a small group of 4th/5th graders for their science fair presentation in March. For more information please contact Brian Tracey: briant54@uw.edu


Functions of the Diversity Committee

The 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. Diversity includes but is not limited to considerations of: race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, Veteran status, socio-economic status, and ability. 

The DC:
  • Establishes communication links with graduate and professional students working with diversity issues within their department, college, or school
  • Advocates for department and University policies to recruit and retain a more diverse graduate and professional student body and faculty
  • Establishes criteria for an award grants from the GPSS Diversity Fund
  • Collaborates with students, faculty, the administration, staff, or others on diversity programming, events, or activities.
  • Interfaces with University organizations and offices working on diversity issues, including but not limited to: GO-MAP, the Q Center, the Disability Resources for Students Office, the Women’s Center, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, the Office of Minority Affairs Student Advisory Board, and the ASUW Joint Commissions. 


Minimum of twice per quarter, depending on work load.

Diversity Forums

The GPSS Diversity Committee will be hosting discussions about diversity at the UW throughout the year. These will be brownbag lunches, and are open to any students, faculty and staff that are working on diversity efforts at the UW.  This is a great opportunity to have a conversation about diversity among the graduate school student body and share best practices.

Click here for information on past forums.


 The Secretary, between five to nine graduate or professional students, and a chair elected by the members of the committee.

Committee Members, 2014-2015:


Contact Information

To apply for this committee, fill out the application and email it to the committee chair.
GPSS Secretary Natalie Gordon: gpsssec@uw.edu

Diversity Resources

We are currently collecting information about groups on campus working on diversity.  You can find a list of groups here, and if you know of others please contact the GPSS Secretary with that information.