Diversity Statement

The Department of History recognizes and approaches diversity as a complex and long-term project that should inform and transform everything we do. To address injustices and oversights of the past and the present, we aim to attract and retain different populations and communities in our faculty, staff, and student body. We also stress the need to offer a diverse intellectual program, including an ongoing discussion of our curriculum and pedagogy to enhance the quality and range of our graduate and undergraduate education.

Many faculty and graduate students in History are engaged with questions of how class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexuality have shaped social relations and power dynamics across different time periods and geopolitical contexts. Beyond our scholarship, we realize that these are questions relevant to our immediate setting in the Department of History. As we attempt to cultivate a sense of collaboration and a climate of inclusion, we encourage all faculty, staff, and graduate students to reflect on our individual roles and Department policies and practices, pay careful attention to unequal access and power dynamics in and outside the classroom, and strive to promote equity in all aspects of our work.

History Department Diversity Committee

The primary objectives of the Diversity Committee are to initiate and facilitate an ongoing conversation around the wide range of issues related to diversity and to propose measures to address institutional disparities. In addition to organizing and hosting workshops, seminars, and more informal gatherings, the Committee works with the Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and various Department committees to make sure issues of diversity are made central to all facets of our Department’s work.

Consisting of two faculty, two graduate students, and two staff members, the Diversity Committee also serves as a confidential resource for students, staff, and faculty who have concerns related to climate and diversity. Any member of the Department’s learning and working community may contact one or more members of the Committee with concerns and questions.

2014 - 2015 Diversity Committee

Professor Laurie Sears (Chair)

Symbol Lai (Graduate Student Representative)

Katja Schatte (Graduate Student Representative)

Jon Olivera (Staff Representative)

Wanjiku Gitahi (Staff Representative)

Professor Stephanie Smallwood (Faculty Representative)

Resources

Below are a list of resources available on campus.

Diversity at the University of Washington - The University of Washington's main diversity website.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity - The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty and staff.

International Student Services Office - ISS provides visa and immigration advising to international students who are at the UW on an F or J student visa.

The D Center - The D Center strives to create an inclusive, accessible space affirming of all bodies, minds and identities by fostering a culture of social justice and pride.

University of Washington Office of the Ombud - Welcome to the Office of the Ombud. We serve the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future. We are available to meet with you at any of the three campuses, Harborview, or the UW Medical Center.

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center - Welcome to the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. The ECC has a wealth of resources and opportunities available to students including student advising, organizational development, personal growth, and referrals to different departments and programs.

Center for Experimental Learning and Diversity Programs - The University of Washington's Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) is home to nine programs, each of which connects UW undergraduates to compelling and invigorating opportunities to expand and enrich their learning.