Diversity Committee

Now Accepting Diversity Funding Applications!

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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.

Fall Quarter 
Dates:November 15th, November 29th, December 13th
Time & Location: Meetings are in the GPSS office (HUB 314)at 5:30pm
Winter Quarter 
Dates: February 12th February 26th, March 12th, March 26th26th
Time & Location: Meetings are in the GPSS office (HUB 314) at 2:00pm

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.

"The Other Students: The International Graduate Student Experience"
December 5th at 12:00pm, HUB 337  





February 26th at 12:30pm in HUB 340





"Gender, Sex, andSexuality"
March 3rd at 12:30pm in HUB 340






March 13th at 12:30pm in HUB 337






Allyship: Thursday, 5/1 12:30-1:30 HUB 337

How to Start a Diversity Committee: Thursday, 5/15 12:30-1:30 HUB 337

Veterans Forum: Thursday, 5/29 12:30-1:30 HUB 337



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

Committee Members, 2013-2014:

Secretary: Elisa Law (Museology)




Chair: Joey Hunziker (Public Affairs)




Brian Tracey (Marine and Environmental Affairs)


Carolyn Shores (Environmental & Forest Sciences)




Tiana Rabusin (Occupational Therapy- Rehabilitation Medicine Department)



Russell Hugo (Linguistics)




WE ARE ACCEPTING MORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS - we are in the process of expanding committee membership.

Contact Information

GPSS Secretary Elisa Law: 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. 

Diversity Announcements:

2014 Seattle Parks Internship - LGBTQ youth programming

Application deadline is December 1, 2013.
Students in Social Work, Social Sciences, and Human Services would likely find this internship of interest.

Randy Wiger
Parks Commons Program Coordinator
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
(206) 684-0775 desk
(206) 883-6110 cell/text