If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. -Margaret Mead

DIVERSITY

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is a part of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington (UW). The UW is an institution committed to promoting respect for the rights and privileges of all, understanding and appreciation of human differences, and the constructive expression of ideas.

At SEFS, we are committed to promoting diversity in our faculty, staff and student body through recruitment and retention. We collaborate with diversity efforts and resources across the UW, and have identified the following tasks and goals for our diversity team:

  • Track diversity efforts within the School
  • Find new ways of recruiting diverse, especially underrepresented minority faculty, staff and students
  • Seek to find and remove barriers to diversity at the School
  • Create partnerships with and learn best practices from other diversity efforts, both on and off campus
  • Involve diverse members of the School in leadership and mentorship

With broad input and endorsement by all SEFS faculty, we annually develop a graduate program diversity plan to increase the diversity of the graduate student population. Our plan for the next academic year is posted each January following a faculty vote.

The SEFS Diversity Team encourages you to contact us directly:

Student Representative: Tmthspusmen F. Wilder, Research Assistant, SEFS, 509-680-2130, spusw@uw.edu

Staff Representative: Michelle Trudeau, Director, Student and Academic Services, 206-616-1533, michtru@uw.edu

Faculty Representative: Ernesto Alvarado, Research Associate Professor, 206-616-6920, alvarado@uw.edu

Also, we encourage you to explore the following links to resources and efforts:

UW Diversity Page
Provides a general UW diversity portal to the programs and efforts on and off campus, as well as resources for students, faculty and staff.

ADVANCE
The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program strives to increase the participation of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers with funding opportunities for individuals and organizations to help pursue these goals.

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
The ECC has a wealth of resources and opportunities available to students including student advising, organizational development, personal growth and referrals to different departments and programs.

Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)
As a unit of the UW Graduate School, GO-MAP is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic and racial diversity.

UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
The mission of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to ensure the access and academic success of diverse populations through the advancement of knowledge, academic excellence, diversity and the promotion of values, principles and a climate that enriches the campus experience for all.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
MANRRS provides networks to support professional development of minorities.

Intertribal Timber Council
Established in 1976, the ITC is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. Also provides student scholarships.

ESA SEEDS
SEEDS is an education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to not only participate in ecology, but to lead.