Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Statement of Purpose

Water covers about 71% of the earth's surface, at the school of oceanography we are aware that water touches the lives of almost every human being on earth. As oceanographers we must be diligent in our efforts to create and maintain a highly skilled diverse department that reflects the communities we serve locally, nationally and internationally. The School of Oceanography acknowledges that it occupies the ancestral land of the Duwamish Tribe, past and present, and honors the traditional land and water of the Coast Salish Peoples on which we study and work. We also strive to learn about and acknowledge the people whose land and lives are touched by the oceans we study. We are not always perfect in this effort however we aspire to make a difference that is impactful and respectful to those past, present and future generations that inhabit our planet. 

Action Statement 

An acknowledgment does not take the place of authentic relationships with Indigenous communities. If you are interested in supporting the Duwamish Tribe directly, we suggest visiting  Real Rent Duwamish.


Feel free to contact us at oceandei@uw.edu.

Current Charge from Administration

  • Follow through on changes to grad recruitment
  • Initiate discussion of good faculty hiring practices
  • Work with Faculty Council on mentoring metrics
  • Outline a diversity blueprint as part of our self-study

Our efforts are part of efforts at many levels at UW:

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