UW Graduate School

Programming and Events

While GO-MAP events and programming are geared toward graduate students of color, they are open to all UW graduate students, faculty and staff, especially those interested in supporting and increasing a racially diverse graduate student population.

Current UW graduate students who self-identified as a racial or ethnic minority on their UW application will receive weekly GO-MAP emails. New graduate students of color should receive their first GO-MAP email in mid-September. If you are not on the listserv and would like to be added, please email gomap@uw.edu.

GO-MAP Summer Social

New and continuing graduate students of color are invited to our Summer Social at Optimism Brewing Company! This is a casual and fun opportunity to meet new friends and collaborators, strengthen community and share a beautiful Seattle summer day.

Getting Connected—New Student Orientation and Reception

Through engagement with our expert panels of faculty and graduate students of color, incoming graduate students learn tips and tricks for succeeding in their first year at the New Student Orientation.

The Reception is our most well-attended event of the year and all new and continuing graduate students of color interested in fostering a more diverse campus are welcome to come together, break bread, mingle and dance!

GO-MAP Power Hours

GO-MAP Power Hours are designed with introspective and professional growth in mind. Master’s and doctoral students of color have an opportunity to be a part of 1.5 hour interactive discussions surrounding topics that are unique to their academic and professional journeys. Featured UW faculty and community leaders in support of graduate student success lead these discussions with the goal of creating a supportive community. Graduate students of color gather to discuss commonly identified challenges and concerns, share victories and triumphs, and brainstorm creative strategies. Topics range from leadership development, self-care, overcoming the imposter syndrome, countering microaggressions, and negotiating salary.

As one student emphasized, graduate school can be a “lonely journey”. Taking some time to connect and talk with others is restoring and rejuvenating. At the Power Hour, “my soul was fed,” she adds.



  • Alumni Spotlight- Career Paths During COVID. We are excited to welcome GO-MAP Alumni Panelists, Dr. Reva Zimmerman (Ph.D. Communications Sciences & Disorders), Erin Lee (Master’s in Public Health), and David Mendez (Master’s in Education) to discuss tips and tricks for virtual job searching during COVID-19. Please join us for this virtual Power Hour on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. PST!


Thriving in Graduate School Series (TIGS)

GO-MAP is partnering with Core programs and the UW Counseling Center Strategies for the new Thriving in Graduate School Series (TIGS): Working Through Imposter Syndrome. Save the date on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. PDT as we dive into imposter syndrome in graduate school with the option to join available affinity groups for discussion. This event is open to all graduate students. RSVP for the Zoom link here!

UW Graduate School Community Connection

For faculty and graduate students of color looking to build community in a safe space, GO-MAP has launched a new community connection opportunity to deepen engagement with fellow graduate students and faculty, help build support networks, and unite affinity groups at the graduate level. Faculty and graduate students of color are invited to join us in meeting and connecting with others that identify with their racial/ethnic background(s).

Prospective Student Days

Please note!

Prospective Student Days (PSDS) is now Virtual Visit Days

Virtual PSDs Schedule

Although, we were hoping to resume our Prospective Student days in person, we are moving forward with our Virtual Visit Days for 2021. We have created Virtual Visit Days for admitted prospective students on April 1 and 2, 2021. GO-MAP will be hosting live Q&As via Zoom from 10-11:15 a.m. PST. The April 1 session will feature a panel of GO-MAP students. The April 2nd session will highlight key information from GO-MAP staff. 

Registration is required for admitted prospective students to attend the event(s). 

Spring Soirée

Please note!

In lieu of our usual in-person Spring Soiree celebrations, we are pivoting to a virtual yearbook recognition and an optional grad cord pickup! If you are a graduating student (Fall 2020-Summer 2021) and would like to be recognized in our virtual yearbook and/or receive a cord, please submit your response to this form no later than May 10th at 12:00 pm (noon) PDT.

Staying Connected

Staying Connected are once a month off-campus social mixers hosted by our Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) meant for grad students of color to put themselves out there and meet new people. If you are interested in meeting new folks, come hangout at this happy hour. This is a no-host gathering. No speakers or name-tags “just a good olé” fashioned way to meet POCs!




Real Talk Tuesdays

GO-MAP and the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) join together to organize Real Talk Tuesdays — a safe space to engage in real talk about issues that impact graduate students of color. Topics rotate every discussion and students are welcome to bring the issues they face as POC graduate students. RTT will be hosted virtually on Tuesdays via Zoom from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m PST.


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  • January 19
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  • February 16
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  • April 6
  • April 20
  • May 4
  • May 18
  • June 1

MLK Day of Service

GO-MAP invites you to observe and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to virtually join our first ever virtual Lobby Day on MLK Day.

Graduate School Public Lecture Series

The Office of Public Lectures is hosting a myriad of interdisciplinary speakers who will encourage us to consider secret wars, investigate privacy questions in the age of smart technology, reflect on the fight for social justice, explore the meaning of success and more. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, online registration is required to guarantee seats.