In the College of Arts & Sciences, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives in our teaching and research and strive to create welcoming and equitable learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

As the heart of the UW’s academic experience, the College embraces, embodies, and explores the world in all its diversity. As artists, humanists, mathematicians, natural scientists and social scientists, our perspective is global and our commitment to inclusivity is unwavering. Difference, however conceived or defined, enriches our community and makes each of us better. We welcome all who wish to join us in our quest to better understand our world in all its fullness.

Faculty Hiring in Race, Equity and Social Justice

The College seeks to expand its community of scholars with a focus on studying historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

University-wide efforts

The College works in collaboration with greater UW initiatives to support aspirations to become a truly inclusive and equitable environment for learning, research, service, and outreach. The UW’s Race & Equity Initiative, launched in 2015, challenges all — students, faculty, staff and university leadership — to confront racism, take personal responsibility for addressing our own biases, and improve our university culture.

Seed grants are available to faculty, staff and student groups working on topics that support institutional transformation and progress toward the goals outlined in the Race & Equity Initiative and Diversity Blueprint. Administrative and academic units are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the UW’s Race & Equity Initiative

Learn more about the UW Diversity Blueprint


Creating a welcoming climate for all

In 2019,  the UW commissioned its largest-ever climate survey across all three campuses to examine faculty, staff and student experiences and their feelings of belonging as part of  the community. Feedback was gathered from more than 18,000 respondents and the information will help create more equitable living, learning and working environments, as well as shape the University’s work to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct.


View climate survey results (NetID required)

Stories and Opportunities

Learn more about current events, initiatives and people supporting diversity, equity, inclusion & access work in the College and beyond.

Nikki Yeboah, Kemi Adeyemi, and Jasmine Mahmoud together in a kitchen.

The Power of Cohorts & Collective Histories

Kemi Adeyemi, Jasmine Mahmoud, and Nikki Yeboah first met as PhD students in Chicago. Now they pursue scholarship in support of Black arts as UW faculty.

Ancient painting of people with different skin colors.

In Classics, a Different Take on Race

A new Classics course looks at conceptions of race in antiquity and how ancient racial categories “put the arbitrariness of race as we know it into relief.”

Portrait of Valerie Curtis-Newton. Photo by Joshua Huston.

Unmasking the Activism of Community Theater

UW Drama professor Valerie Curtis-Newton (MFA, 1996), who will present the University Faculty Lecture on May 3, has been stirring up "good trouble" and courageously unmasking uncomfortable truths for decades.