Our Mission
The Department of Urban Design and Planning’s Diversity Committee consists of faculty, students, and staff who are committed to serving the needs of our students. The Diversity Committee works to create a stronger and more inclusive community by recognizing and serving our Department’s many types of diversity including (but not limited to):  race, ethnicity, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, educational background, veteran status, and (dis)ability.

Our Activities
The Diversity Committee identifies potential areas of improvement within the Department of Urban Design and Planning and the College of Built Environments and continually seeks ways to address those areas in a positive way. For example, the Buzz Buddy program pairs international and U.S. students within the Department for cross-cultural conversation, sharing of knowledge, and friendship. In another example, the committee worked with the College to establish two all-gender restrooms in the College’s main building (Gould Hall).

The Diversity Committee is currently drafting a Diversity Plan for the Department, which will be completed in 2016-2017. Also, the faculty on the committee offer a quarterly Race and Social Justice Seminar. Last but not least, the committee organizes a popular potluck series, inviting all students and faculty to share food and get to know each other in a relaxed context.

Our Meetings
In Autumn 2016, the Diversity Committee meets every other Friday from 2:00-3:00pm in Gould Court. The dates are Oct 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, & Dec. 2 (dates for Winter 2017 TBD). Students, staff, or faculty who are not on the Diversity Committee are welcome to attend the meetings on a drop-in basis.

2016-17 Committee Members
Dorian Antonio Bautista Hernandez (PhD), Branden Born (Faculty), Ariadne Brancato (MUP), Zi Cai (MUP), Manish Chalana (Faculty), Cheryl Klotz (MUP), Michael Lanthier (MUP), Kizz Prusia (MUP), Diana Siembor (Staff)

Contact Us
If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, you may email any of us individually, or the committee as a whole at: UDP4all@uw.edu (received by Branden Born and Diana Siembor).

If you would like to send an anonymous email to the committee or it’s departmental faculty/staff individual members please do so via this link.

University of Washington Resources

  • UW President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in Spring 2015 with a challenge: that all of us — students, faculty, staff and university leadership — take personal responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our university culture.
  • The Graduate School supports diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Washington in multiple and innovative ways: from support of students and departments to programming to advocacy to fostering conversation and dialogue.
  • The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is at the heart of the Graduate School’s commitment to expanding graduate education to everyone, with events and programming are geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students and students of color.
  • The Intellectual House is a longhouse-style facility on the UW Seattle campus. It provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge.
  • The University of Washington Q Center is a primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving students, faculty, staff and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.
  • The University of Washington Veterans Education Benefits office serves military veterans and their dependents during their time as students at the UW.
  • The Disability Resources for Students (DRS) unit is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus.

To further explore diversity at the University of Washington, please see: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/