UW Graduate School

For Faculty and Staff

Holistic Admissions Workshops

In a holistic admissions process, selection criteria are broad-based, clearly linked to school mission and goals, and promote diversity as an essential element to achieving institutional excellence (AAMC 2013). Admissions that are grounded in evidence regarding predictors of academic success as well as future career performance after graduation have reshaped how admissions committees evaluate and weigh experience, attributes, and past academic performance.  Further, “higher education leaders consider holistic review a promising practice for achieving diverse cohorts of students with varied experience, backgrounds, and expertise (CGS 2016).” During these workshops, faculty and members of departmental admissions committees hear a range of departmental experiences with holistic admissions. Small-group work helps them to identify anticipated challenges and opportunities for revising approaches to graduate admissions.  Participants learn concrete strategies for conducting reviews even with large numbers of applicants and can make plans for new or revised questions or configurations in applications.

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Departmental Diversity Committee Meetings

Once a quarter we bring together leaders of departmental committee (DDCs) across our graduate programs to provide an important interdisciplinary space to learn about new resources, hear about best practices and lessons learned, and engage in dialogue on effective ways to advance diversity and inclusion goals.

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Diversity Course Series

Engaging Microaggressions & Macroassaults – Equity in Praxis

This interdisciplinary course seeks to equip participants to critically engage with microaggressions and macroassaults – both the everyday insults and hostilities as well as the structural, large-scale policies and practices that perpetuate the oppression of marginalized populations. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s notion of praxis (the intersection of reflection and action), the course will work to empower participants to address, interrupt, and confront these forces in their personal and professional lives. Presented by Gino Aisenberg, Ph.D., M.S.W. and Saejin Kwak Tanguay, M.Ed.

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Inclusive Teaching

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), a collaboration of the Graduate School, Undergraduate Academic Affairs and UW Libraries, offers tailored training such as inclusive teaching and addressing microaggressions to faculty and teaching assistants. The center’s innovative Interactive Theater as Pedagogy program has trained students, staff and faculty in the art of overcoming oppression and institutional racism.

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Brown Bag Series

The Graduate School diversity team, or D-Team, consists of Graduate School staff who facilitate dialogue and coordinate activities regarding diversity for staff engagement. This year, the group has continued its quarterly brown bag series. The series provides opportunities for staff to engage in discussions regarding diversity and inclusion. Discussion topics have included the native experience at UW, being black in Seattle, and gender and sexuality.

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Public Lecture Series

The Graduate School administers three endowments that fund the public lecture series:

  • Walker-Ames Fund
  • Jessie and John Danz Fund
  • Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Fund
  • Signature Speaker Series

These lectures bring outstanding and renowned scholars and individuals whose lives have significantly impacted society. The Graduate School and the UW Alumni Association are proud to present the 2017-2018 Public Lecture Series titled Equity and Difference: Rights. It features thought leaders from UW and around the world who are working to address the consequences of prejudice, racism, and exclusion and seeking solutions for change.

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Faculty Seminars

Faculty across disciplines are invited to come together on a quarterly basis to engage in dialogue about key issues related to diversity and inclusion. These events include brief faculty presentations and participants sharing their own expertise and experiences. Past topics have addressed implicit bias, inclusive teaching and investing in diversity.

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