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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Students at HSPop LGBTQA Affinity event
Students, faculty, and staff at a Health Systems and Population Health LGBTQA+ Affinity Group mixer event

The Department of Health Systems and Population Health is part of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington (UW). The UW is an institution committed to promoting respect for the rights and privileges of all, understanding and appreciation of human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas.

In Health Systems and Population Health, we believe in:

  • Excellence through Equity: Increased diversity and inclusiveness leads to greater richness and creativity in our academic environment and workplace. When everyone has a seat at the table and their voices are heard, we create better researchers, better practitioners, and better scholars.
  • Responsible Partnerships: We are committed to preparing our graduates to develop and maintain responsible and responsive relationships with community partners, clients, and patients from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Social Justice: It is morally right and just that all people have equitable access to the opportunities of higher education. All members of our community deserve to be included in equitable ways, across differences of ideas, history, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, gender identification, national origin, and race and ethnicity.

At the same time, we understand that our department itself sits within oppressive structures, and that our faculty, staff, and students have uneven understanding and experience with oppression and its effects on personal, interpersonal and societal health and well-being. As a department, we are working together to make our classrooms and workplaces more inclusive, equitable, and diverse.

Join Us

To be successful, our efforts to improve our department's approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion must be collaborative.

Input provided by our community, and particularly from people of color in our department, has been a crucial part of our strategic planning process and the formulation of our action steps, and will remain critical as we move forward together.

Please contact us if you would like to partner with us in our shared efforts: