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University of Washington, Seattle

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway
Box 355852
Seattle, Washington 98195
(206) 543-2100
School Information
"The UW is one of the world’s preeminent public universities. Our impact on individuals, our region and the world is profound — whether we are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked No. 14 in the world on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. We turn ideas into impact and transform lives and our world. For more about our impact, visit our news site, UW News. "So what defines our students, faculty and community members? Above all, it’s our belief in possibility and our unshakable optimism. It’s a connection to others near and far. It’s a hunger that pushes us to tackle challenges and pursue progress. It’s the conviction that together we can create a world of good. Join us on the journey." The university also employs over 4,800 faculty and offers academic programs through its 18 colleges and schools. (Source: (Source: (Source:
General Information
The University of Washington, Seattle has launched several initiatives in response to student demands. The university has launched a fund, pledged to re-imagine its policing strategy, and promised to review its existing diversity academic requirement to focus it on systemic inequities. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • While highlighting efforts to make UW more "equitable", UW's President noted during a recent speech, "With that in mind, we recently dropped the requirement that UW applicants submit an SAT or ACT score, in part because it created barriers to application and entry for too many. But, no doubt, there is much, much more to be done!"
  • UW President announced initiatives to "reimagine" campus safety: "We are undertaking a reimagining of campus safety that takes a more holistic approach and minimizes the presence of armed police on our Seattle campus while continuing to keep safety among our highest priorities. I will soon be announcing a town hall to engage in a discussion of what aspects of public safety can be better served by non-armed safety responders and/or by those with more mental health training and how to develop a more appropriate workforce to meet those needs."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university will consider re-making its existing diversity requirement, saying, "We support a re-examination of the diversity requirement with the goal of both increasing the number of credits required and giving it a clearer focus on BIPOC populations, systemic inequities and social justice."
Program and Research Funding
  • "The first [hiring initiative] will focus on hiring more faculty whose teaching, research and service include areas directly related to social and racial inequities and/or racism and its various manifestations through history and into the present. Examples include how racism affects health and the health care system, why environmental degradation disproportionately affects communities of color, the role of race in the criminal justice system, and how the marketplace fails underserved communities."
  • UW launched a fund whose aim is to "support our Black students by acknowledging the harm that systemic racism has on the Black community, take action to address these inequities and injustices and fund a strategic agenda that meets immediate and on-going needs of our Black students, faculty and staff. It will serve as an extension of the work already underway through the UW’s Race & Equity Initiative."
  • UW libraries has created a "Racial Justice Resources: Antiracism and Solidarity" site.
  • IT Connect offers an IT Inclusive Language Guide.
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to demands to tear down certain monuments, the University said, "We support a re-examination of campus symbols, figures or names that are connected with racism, past or present. We also believe it is important to consider additional opportunities for symbols or namings that more fully recognize BIPOC contributions to our community, especially to our state and university."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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