Department of Microbiology Diversity Statement

The University of Washington Department of Microbiology promotes and supports excellence and achievement in microbiology research and education in order to advance an understanding of the natural world, to improve human health, and to encourage the development of new technologies. The strength of our society and the creativity of the workforce of the 21st century depend upon the contributions of all persons. With this outlook, the department is committed to encourage diversity among our students, faculty, and staff. We strive to create a community that nurtures the talents of everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, disability, race, religion, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.

We contribute to the institutional diversity efforts at the University of Washington by:

  • recruiting and training students from diverse backgrounds and experiences,
  • hiring and mentoring faculty and staff with broad perspectives and life experiences,
  • valuing the contributions that diversity brings to our research and educational programs,
  • and maintaining an accepting environment that respects and supports the diverse challenges experienced by each individual.

We welcome the efforts and insights of everyone in our community. Through our collaborative efforts, we encourage discovery and the development of new programs, collaborations, and innovative approaches to educate and inform an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

Committee Members:

Campus community resources committed to diversity and inclusion 

Note: *indicates funding support opportunities/available

Graduate School Resources

  • UW Graduate School’s Diversity and Inclusion Provides weekly updated information about the Graduate School’s diversity efforts.
  • Go-MAP The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program supports students of color and students from other underrepresented groups.
  • GPSS Diversity Funding Funds for Registered Student Organizations and Departments working on diversity at the UW Campus.

UW Medicine and School of Medicine Resources

Courses, Programs, and Educational Opportunities

  • Disability Studies at the University of Washington Undergrad minor. Language, research, policy supporting disability community.
  • College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Minor Offers courses on Diversity Minor and provides links to resources on different aspects of diversity to strengthen students understanding of how race, class, gender, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, religion and age interact to define identities and social relationships.
  • *McNair Program Prepares first generation college student and undergraduates from under-represented groups for doctoral study through involvement in research and scholarly activities.
  • *UW Banks Center for Educational Justice College of Education.  Research on race/diversity. Events & programs on diversity and equity.
  • *Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Coordinates and develops minority educational programs on navigating the University and its resources.

Campus Resource Centers for Equity and Inclusion

  • Women’s Center Promotes gender equity and social justice on campus and in the larger community.
  • Q Center Facilitates a “brave, affirming, liberatory, and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.”
  • *UW D Center Resources and support for disabled and deaf students. Interpreter requests, events.
  • Latino Center for Health Provides leadership for community-engaged research to promote impactful improvements in the health and well-being of Latinx communities.
  • *Student Parents Resource Center Resources and financial support for student-parents, child care services.
  • Disability Resources for Students Disability Resources for Students (DRS) recognizes disability as an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to our campus community. DRS serves as a partner in fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for all University of Washington students.
  • Diversity Research Institute The UW Diversity Research Institute (DRI), focuses on generating new, interdisciplinary knowledge about diversity, social justice, and institutional transformation.
  • Student Veteran Life Office helps to represent the unique position and needs of our veteran students and constituents.
  • International Student Services Office Advising on visa and immigration, academics, housing, taxes and general student life for international students, funding support for International Students.
  • Indigenous Wellness Research Institute National Center of Excellence
  • Native Life and Tribal Relations Seeks to centralize the Native-focused resources available on the University of Washington’s campus in Seattle.
  • UW Dream Project Leadership/educational support for high school students. Engages undergrads, page includes teaching resources.
  • *Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity Programs Supports undergrad education. Funding opportunities, resources and events.
  • UW Campus Food Pantry: No Husky Goes Hungry
  • UW MolES - Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute: Experiences of Black STEM in the Ivory: A Call to Disruptive Action This two-day event brought together students, staff, faculty and leadership from five different academic institutions across the country to share their unique perspectives on the current barriers facing Black scholars in STEM fields with the goal of inspiring and challenging participants to take action to address racial inequities in STEM and their sessions from day one and two have been published on the UW MolES site.

Resources for Reporting Bias Incidents and Conflict Resolution

UW Listservs, Groups and Resources

External Resources

Credit to the UW Department of Geography for contributions to this list of resources.