UW Graduate School

Programming and Events

GSEE Weekly Newsletters

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 New Student Welcome

GSEE is thrilled to welcome our incoming Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) graduate students to the University of Washington. 

It can be incredibly challenging to move to a new city/region/country to attend graduate school. We also recognize how jarring it can be to return to life as an academic after many years in the workforce, with the added layer of uncertainty and anxiety that the pandemic has brought with it. GSEE is here for you, to foster community and a sense of belonging in graduate school, as you begin your journey! 

Join us via ZOOM for a virtual meet & greet for incoming BIPOC master’s, Ph.D., and professional students. We will be hosting a student panel, as well as breakout rooms, to exchange tips and tricks on transitioning to Seattle and the UW. Topics in previous years included: QTPOC Community, POC Outdoors, Student Activism/Advocacy, Parenting while in Graduate School, Find a Roommate, Free Chat. Please join us this year to see what topics will unfold or be relevant for you! 

Register for GSEE’s New Student Welcome.

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. Stay tuned for details for our Autumn 2022 event.

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. Stay tuned for details for our Autumn 2022 event.

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.

2022–2023 Power Hours TBA

2021–2022 Power Hours

  • 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
  • Demystifying the Fullbright Program
    ft. the Graduate School’s Awards & Fellowships team
    Wednesday, May 18, 12:30–1:45 p.m. PT

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

Time to celebrate your friendships, milestones, and all the big things yet to come at GSEE’s Spring Soirée, our first in-person graduation celebration since 2019!

Our theme this year is Blooming Beyond Boundaries. We are so proud of each of our graduate students for your resilience while moving through the pandemic and life’s many barriers and boundaries, all while being in an environment that was not designed for you. Yet here you are, chasing and accomplishing your dreams!

We will have student speakers, a cording ceremony, music, hors d’oeuvres, swag and treats! There is no strict dress code, but feel free to dress fancy if you like. We look forward to seeing you there! Doors open at 5:30 PM PST and the event begins at 6:00 PM PST at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

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 gather in community while supporting local businesses. 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 mingle!

2022–2023 Staying Connected Dates TBA

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 (to be updated each quarter). It will be held online and in person in CMU 129. RSVP required.

2022 — 2023 Real Talk Tuesdays Dates TBA

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 join the following 2022 MLK events.

Thriving in Graduate School Series (TIGS)

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 experienced graduate and alumni students of color. Guest speakers/facilitators will share their wisdom and strategies for surviving and thriving—within and outside of graduate school.

2022–2023 TIGS Dates TBA

2021–2022 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


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.