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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Chemistry

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At the University of Washington, we believe that diversity and inclusivity are integral to excellence. Our mission is to create new chemical knowledge and prepare the next generation of scientists in a safe and inclusive environment.

To push our mission forward we must ask tough questions.

How do we:

  • Increase access?
  • Create an equity-minded learning environment?
  • Ensure equal opportunity?

We invite you to join us in this conversation and work with us to create a community of equal opportunity, diversity of viewpoints, and academic excellence.


I tell my staff, come at me hard. I want to know everything that's wrong with this idea. It is really important to have those viewpoints. Benevolent friction. Be soft on people but hard on ideas. You can't have a truly excellent environment when there is homogeneity.

- Ana Mari Cauce, UW President

When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.

- Toni Morrison, celebrated American novelist and Literature Nobel Prize Laureate

Recent and Upcoming Events: Fall 2020

  • Patching the Leaks: Revitalizing and Reimagining the STEM Pipeline 10/27 11:30am-1pm: register here
  • SACNAS 2020 10/19-10/24: SACNAS is virtual this yearThe largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM. You are invited to visit the UW Chemistry booth at the expo all week!
  • STEMM(S) Mentoring Training begins on 10/14: STEMMS is a mentoring, training, and networking series aimed at strengthening the support provided to students and scholars who work and study in our units. Chemistry faculty, staff, postdocs, trainees and graduate students are invited to participate in the STEMMS training and should expect to gain an increased confidence in their ability to effectively mentor others. The program is layered to focus on the type of mentoring best suited to scholars at all levels from undergraduates to junior faculty. The first session “Considerations for Cultivating Equitable Mentoring Ecosystems” with Professor Beronda Montgomery is on Wednesday, October 14 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm Register in advance for Zoom.
  • The new Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect (DIR) Committee of the ACS Puget Sound Section is organizing a series of Zoom panel discussions relating to diversity, inclusion, and respect.  The first panel discussion relates to promoting student success from K-12 to college and graduate school.  It will be held on 10/14 at 7:00 pm.  Advance Zoom registration is required.

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