Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Chemistry

In the UW Department of Chemistry, our courses and research programs leverage fundamental chemical principles and the diverse expertise of our students, staff, and faculty, to shape a sustainable, resilient, and just future. Together we tackle some of the biggest challenges facing science and society: clean water and energy for all, eradicating disease and promoting global public health, advancing the next generation of efficient, sustainable, and accessible technologies, and educating to advance scientific literacy, among others. 

We embrace the rich perspectives and experiences that arise from racial, ethnic, socio-economic, sexual, gender, religious, ability, and other differences that embody diversity. We acknowledge the harm caused by the inequities, racism, and social injustices in our nation, community, and institutions, both in the past and the present. We are fully and proudly committed to rectifying these issues as we move into the future. We know that our best work will happen when members of our community are affirmed, empowered, and committed to our shared CHEM ideals: 

COLLABORATION that brings all people and ideas to the table

HONOR and respect for the people and lands in and around our community

ENGAGEMENT with tough questions and curiosity that drives discovery and change in science and society

MOTIVATION to strive for excellence in education and research at the frontiers of chemical science

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The UW Department of Chemistry is an ACS Bridge Partner Site. We are committed to strengthening the chemical sciences in the United States by increasing the number of underrepresented students who receive doctoral degrees in chemical sciences.

DEI Leadership Awards

Have you made a significant contribution toward creating a diverse and inclusive UW community, or do you know someone who has? The Department of Chemistry is sponsoring $500 awards for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who have demonstrated leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or justice. Submit nominations or self-nominate by March 1 (UW NetID required) with a brief description (<500 words) of the leadership activities and explain how the activities exemplify inclusive excellence. The Chemistry Diversity and Equity Steering Committee will select awardees to be recognized at the Department of Chemistry's annual Awards Dinner in the spring. If you have questions about your submission, please contact inclusivechem@uw.edu.

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