Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The School of Oceanography is committed to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment for all current and future members of the Oceanography community. We believe diversity is essential to achieving excellence in research and teaching, and thus we strive to create a community where people of all backgrounds feel welcome.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Current Efforts:

The School of Oceanography is working to transform our culture to be more inclusive and supportive for all members of our community.

This year (19-20) we focused on changing the way in which we recruit and evaluate potential graduate students.  This includes changing the application requirements and prompts, elimination of the GRE exam, updating the School website to make sure that all applicants have the information they need to write a competitive application, and changing the decision making process and timeline to make it more equitable and transparent.

Currently the DEI committee is working to complete the School’s application to the AGU Bridge program that will allow us to directly connect with a more diverse applicant pool for our graduate program.  

Next academic year we focus on re-envisioning how we recruit faculty candidates and invite comment and collaboration from our community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee:

The School of Oceanography Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is made up of 6 core members, including faculty, staff, and graduate students. Additional members can be added for specific tasks (denoted with a * below). The committee provides recommendations to the Director and the Faculty Council on ways to increase equity and inclusion and promote diversity in our department. 

2019-2020 members:  LuAnne Thompson (Chair), Mikelle Nuwer (Co-Chair), Ginger Armbrust, Dhruv Balwada, John Baross, Angie Boysen, Randie Bundy, Kimberly Gottschalk, Evan Howard, Rick Rupan

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

Diversity at the College

Diversity at the University


Race & Equity Initiative Anti-Racism Resources

GOMAP: Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program

GOMAP Student Resources: Supporting graduate students of color at the UW

SACNAS: Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science

LSAMP: Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Disability Resources at the UW

Resources for current UW students

Native American Students; WA State Residency for Tuition Purposes

College of the Environment resources for current students


UW College of the Environment DEI Events