UW Graduate School

Programming and Events

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

GSEE 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. We will continue with our Summer Socials in the future based on Washington state’s gathering regulations around COVID-19.

  • 2021 Summer Social (CANCELLED)

Getting Connected—New Student Orientation and Reception

Join GSEE for our biggest community building event of the year. Our virtual Getting Connected Student Panel provides a space for our BIPOC graduate students to learn tips and tricks for succeeding in graduate school from current students. Through our panelists’ unique experiences, perspectives, and insights, incoming graduate students can get a taste of grad student life and set the stage for a vibrant first year. Tune into the panel on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. (PT)! (separate RSVP required).

We’ve so been looking forward to the opportunity to back in-person community with our students. Start the academic year off right with good people, good trivia, and some new updates and announcements from GSEE during the Getting Connected Reception on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (PT)! Doors open at 4:00 p.m.

GSEE invites all new and returning Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students to bring other graduate students of color from their department or come solo and enjoy the company of their BIPOC GSEE invites all new and returning Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students. Come as you are. Bring other graduate students of color from your department or come solo and enjoy the company of your BIPOC graduate community. We can’t wait to see you there!

GSEE Power Hours

GSEE 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 a 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 noted, 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 added.


  • Do you have questions about graduate student funding? Does finding funding seem daunting, and you don’t know where to turn? GSEE is teaming up with the Graduate Fellowships and Awards office and Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) to speak with graduate students and provide an overview of necessary tools to be successful in the search for graduate student funding. Join in community and learn more about fellowships and scholarships for your graduate studies! Tune into Demystifying Funding on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, 10:30 a.m.–noon (PT) via Zoom (RSVP required).


We are not hosting a Winter Quarter Power Hour. Please join us for our Thriving in Graduate School event on 2/16 (see details below).


Save the date:

  • Saying Yes and Saying No: How Do You Decide?
    ft. Guest Panelists, Dr. Cherry A. Banks, Dr. Barbara Wakimoto, Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis
    Tuesday, April 12, 2:00–3:30 p.m. PT
    Register via Eventbrite.
  • Demystifying the Fullbright Program
    ft. the Graduate School’s Awards & Fellowships team
    Wednesday, May 18, 12:30–1:45 p.m. PT
    Zoom and Registration details TBD

Prospective Student Days

Please note!

Prospective Student Days (PSDs) is now Virtual Visit Days

2022 Virtual Visit Days

This will be our third time participating in a virtual recruitment season. GSEE will be hosting live Q&As via Zoom that will highlight graduate students of color and the GSEE community while helping answer any questions you may have about being a graduate student at the UW. Please see the schedule below and register to join us!

  • GSEE Virtual Visit Days will return on March 31 and April 1, 2022.
    • GSEE will be hosting live Q&As via Zoom from 10–11:15 a.m. (PT). The March 31 session will feature a panel of current GSEE students. The April 1 session will highlight key information from GSEE staff.

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

Attention GPAs (Graduate Program Advisors) & GPCs (Graduate Program Coordinators):

Please use this invitation to invite admitted prospective students of color to participate in GSEE’s 2022 Virtual Visit Days.

Spring Soirée

Stay tuned for more details regarding our 2022 recognition.

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 POC! We will continue with our Summer Socials in the future based on Washington state’s gathering regulations around COVID-19.


  • The Octopus Bar on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, 5–7 p.m. (PT). RSVP here.


  • Paused for Winter Quarter until further notice.


Stay tuned for Spring Staying Connected offerings.

Real Talk Tuesdays

GSEE 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 is typically every second and fourth Tuesday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m (PT) but please see current dates below. It will be held online and in person in CMU 129. RSVP required.


  • October 19
  • November 9
  • November 23 (Relationships + Family Edition)
  • December 14 (cancelled)


  • January 11
  • February 1
  • February 22 (Relationships + Family Edition)
  • March 8


  • April 5
  • April 26
  • May 10
  • May 31

MLK Day of Service

GSEE 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.

GSEE is partnering with Core programs and the UW Counseling Center Strategies for the new Thriving in Graduate School Series (TIGS). This series gives graduate students the opportunity to learn from a panel of experienced graduate students of color currently working on their Masters and Doctoral degrees who share their wisdom and strategies for surviving and thriving—within and outside of graduate school.

Thriving in Graduate School Series (TIGS)


Thriving in Grad School: Intentional and Actionable Steps Toward Healthy Self-Empowerment

Date: February 16, 2022, 2:30–4:00 p.m. (PT)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rhagav Sampangi, Ph.D. Balance

Registration Closed.

While GSEE 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.