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University of Washington, Tacoma

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, Washington 98402-3100
(253) 692-4400
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School Information
"UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university providing access to students in a way that transforms families and communities. We impact and inform economic development through community-engaged students and faculty. We conduct research that is of direct use to our community and region. And, most importantly, we seek to be connected to our community’s needs and aspirations." The university enrolls over 5,300 students, employs over 350 faculty, and has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: (Source:
General Information
UW Tacoma has taken steps to support research. The university launched the Diversity Training and Research Institute. Additionally, the university will be introducing unarmed safety officers and will use an online reporting tool for minor incidents, in lieu of using police. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • As part of the School of Nursing's "Statement of Diversity," the school states that it "seeks to attract, admit/hire, and support diverse and racially representative students, staff and faculty members."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In February 2022, the University’s Center for Equity & Inclusion partnered with Red Sea Road Consulting to host a multi part training series on anti-racism and racial equity for the schools students, faculty, and staff.
  • As part of the School of Nursing's "Statement of Diversity," the school states that it would "[continue] multicultural and anti-oppression education for faculty and staff members" and would "address privilege and power using anti-racist and anti-oppression principles of on-going education, open dialogue, skill building, challenging the status quo, and accountability to people of color and other social groups."
Disciplinary Measures
  • UW Tacoma outlines its bias incident reporting protocols and states, "Bias incidents are acts or behaviors motivated by the offender's bias against any combination but not limited to identities such as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression...."
Program and Research Funding
  • Launched Diversity Training and Research Institute.
  • The university received a $5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to "fund an interdisciplinary, multi-year project to advance anti-racist practices and pedagogy in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM)."
  • UW's School of Nursing has established the Manning Price Spratlen Center for Anti-Racism & Equity in Nursing. The center provides resources for curriculum development and faculty training and development.
  • The Center for Equity and Inclusion at UW Tacoma "enhances the holistic education of all students by supporting the success of historically marginalized groups, empowering community members to engage difference toward justice, and build a more equitable campus."
  • The RISE (Race, Identity, and Social Engagement) Scholars program at UW Tacoma is a "year-long learning experience designed for first-year first time in college students who identify as persons of color" and "provides an opportunity for students to learn about race and other social identities as well as to build community and socially engage."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • University will be introducing unarmed safety officers and will introduce an online reporting tool for non-criminal/minor incidents.
  • The Milgard School of Business Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council "works collaboratively to intentionally educate ourselves and members of the Milgard School of Business about diversity, equity, and inclusion" and "hold ourselves and others accountable when internalized racism is externalized in our policies, interactions, teaching and learning."
Symbolic Actions
  • Vice chancellor for Equity & Inclusion said, "Juneteenth, also referred to as Liberation Day, calls for us not only to remember the legacy of racism in this country but also to commit to dismantling the effects of white supremacy and systemic oppression through actions that promote antiracism and eradicate anti-Black racism in our communities."
  • The School of Nursing's "Statement of Diversity" states, "We also recognize that nursing education and practice in the United States occurs within the social, cultural, and historical context of institutionalized racism (among other forms of oppression)."
  • The Center for Equity and Inclusion's anti-racism statement reads as follows: "We are committed to confronting and dismantling systemic racism, including anti-Blackness, colonialism, xenophobia, and all other forms of oppression, wherever we encounter them as we work toward institutional equity and social justice."
Last updated February 5th, 2024
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