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Diversity & Access

Our Commitment to Diversity

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Engineering is a creative field that benefits from diverse experiences and perspectives. We must cultivate engineers from different backgrounds who bring different approaches to identifying and solving society’s most pressing challenges.

At the UW College of Engineering, we encourage all individuals, particularly those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in engineering, to join us in our classrooms, labs, and workspaces. Diversity is key to our excellence and we believe that people can only do their best work in an environment where they are treated with respect and dignity.


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The College of Engineering is dedicated to:

  • Cultivating a welcoming and inclusive college climate by maintaining college-wide and unit-specific cultures that embrace and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Utilizing data-driven, peer-reviewed best practices when we develop and design new programs and evaluate current programs

We understand that even well-devised plans are ineffective without strong accountability and transparency measures embedded within them.

Core goals

We have identified these key strategic goals to promote diversity and access in the College of Engineering:

  • Utilize a statewide outreach and recruitment strategy
  • Attract, retain and graduate a diverse and excellent student body
  • Employ student-centered academic success and retention efforts that involve intrusive advising, high expectations and outstanding support services to ensure the success of ALL students
  • Expand our recruitment efforts to attract, retain and promote a diverse faculty and staff who will foster a climate of excellence in teaching, research and service
  • Create and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop an accountability structure that ensures the goals, values and initiatives the College has established in diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented, achieved and upheld

The Office of Diversity & Access

At the College of Engineering, the Office of Diversity & Access implements student-centered, effective outreach, recruitment and retention programming to increase student diversity and foster excellence.

The Office of Diversity & Access at the College of Engineering values: 

  • Diverse excellence
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Respect for others
  • Hard work
  • Collaboration
  • Data-driven program evaluation

and is committed to relentlessly advocating for the best interests of our students.

ASEE diversity recognition badge
The College of Engineering was recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education as one of the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.



See also

Diversity at the University of Washington

UW Equity Focus, the UW’s hub for stories highlighting diversity and equity