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UW Germanics Diversity Statement

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. As representatives of German language, culture, and society in the American context, we have a particularly robust commitment to diversity. Modern Germany itself has become a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation, and we seek to represent this diversity in our teaching and research. Our aim is to train responsible world citizens through an approach to language, literature and culture that is mindful of cultural differences and shows respect for perspectives, values, beliefs, traditions and world views that have been shaped by different experiences and backgrounds. Students work with faculty and TAs whose backgrounds and interests represent diversity of all kinds. We strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments, promoting access, opportunity, equity, and justice for all. Individuals from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups, international applicants, immigrants and permanent residents constitute a vital part of our departmental community. We strongly support the diversity goals that have been set forth in the 2017-2021 UW Diversity Blueprint, the College's Mission Statement, and the Graduate School's 2011 and 2013 Diversity Reports.

The Department of Germanics expresses its full support for the statement from the German Studies Association's Initiative for Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion and shares its message that we all must work "in whatever capacity we can to educate ourselves and those around us about explicit and implicit racial bias, the weaponization of whiteness, and the insidious concomitant of white privilege that is killing African Americans today, as it has been for centuries.”

In connection with this statement, we would like to share some materials for study, reflection, and conversation offered by UW’s Department of American Ethnic Studies, the Seattle Public Library’s Toolkit for Anti-racism Allies, and the online collaborative document "Black Lives Matter - Ressourcen auf Deutsch” for German-language resources, books, texts, people, and organizations in Germany.

Scholarly initiatives specific to the German-speaking world include Diversity, Decolonization and the German Curriculum, the Black German Heritage and Research OrganizationH-Black-Europe, the Black Central Europe Network, and the New Fascism Syllabus.

Department Committee Members

Germanics Faculty Adjunct involved in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Diversity (DIV) Courses in the Department of Germanics

The University requires all undergraduates to take a minimum of 3 credits, approved by the appropriate school or college, that focus on the sociocultural, political, and/or economic diversity of the human experience at local, regional, or global levels. This requirement is intended to help you develop an understanding of the complexities of living in increasingly diverse and interconnected societies. Courses that fulfill the diversity requirement focus on cross-cultural analysis and communication; and historical and contemporary inequities such as those associated with race, ethnicity, class, sex and gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, religion, creed, age, and socioeconomic status. Course activities should encourage thinking critically about topics such as power, inequality, marginality, and social movements, and support effective cross-cultural communication skills.

Diversity courses, past and present:

Transcultural Approaches to Europe lecture series:

Diversity News 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Research Centers and Institutes

UW faculty conduct research on the benefits of cultural diversity, as well as its challenges. This generates new knowledge that has economic, social and cultural impacts, on both local and global scales.

Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program: GO-MAP  

GO-MAP sponsors educational and social events throughout thee year that help students connect with faculty, alumni, and other students. While many of GO-MAP's events and programming are geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students, they are open to all University of Washington graduate students.

Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity: OMA&D

The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty and staff.

Race & Equity Initiative at the UW: REI

President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in spring 2015, challenging all of us — students, faculty, staff and university leadership — to take responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our university culture.  The UW REI site shows different ways in which these issues are being addressed with increased funding, and a blog to inform of what is happening on and around campus.

UW Diversity Blueprint

Interested in reviewing the 2010-14 Blueprint to see how we measured up? With many of the goals for the 2010-14 cycle met or exceeded, there is still progress to be made. The 2017-2021 Diversity Blueprint builds on our past successes, acknowledges where additional work is necessary, and helps articulate university-wide efforts to advance a shared path forward.

Q Center

The center facilitates an affirming and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.

UW Women's Center

The center promotes gender equity and social justice through educational programs and services that allows all participants to succeed in life.

Native Life and Tribal Relations Office

The purpose of this web site is to centralize the Native-focused resources available on the University of Washington’s campus in Seattle. We understand the University can be a challenging environment for those coming from indigenous communities and difficult to navigate for anyone who is new to the campus.

Samuel E Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

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

Directory of Cultural/International Groups

Over 800 student organizations register with the Student Activities Office every year. UW student organizations provide great resources also for international students. They range from the Japanese Anime Discovery Project to First Nations at UW.

Awardees of the Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant Program

Listed by grant cycle

General diversity, equity, and inclusion resources

Diversity at the University of Washington: The University of Washington’s main diversity website

Recommended Reads for Equity: Recommendations for books about diversity, equity, and inclusion, curated by the UW Libraries

Minority affairs resources

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity: Works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the experiences of students, faculty, and staff

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center: An inclusive space designed to foster academic and personal success

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA): Oversees and manages the University’s affirmative action program

Immigration resources

Leadership Without Borders: Resources for undocumented students

International Student Services Office: Visa and immigration advising for international students on F or J student visas

Disability resources

The D Center: UW’s Disabled and D/deaf cultural center

Disability Resources for Students: Resources for setting up access and accommodations

Gender and sexuality resources

Title IX at UW: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Our interim Title IX coordinator is Valery Richardson,, 206-616-9713

Education and outreach: Online and in-person training for preventing sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and responding to those affected by sexual misconduct

Survivor Support & Advocacy: Health & Wellness offers confidential advocacy and support for students impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment and other related experiences.

Q Center: A student-run LGBTQ center for UW students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members Resources on personal pronouns (what they mean and why they matter)

Mental health resources

Counseling Center: Resources for students seeking help in coping with stress or other mental health concerns

Let’s Talk: Free, confidential, informal drop-in counseling service at UW

Economic resources

Sportula: Provides microgrants (petty cash of $5-$300) to economically marginalized undergraduates in Classics

UW Campus Food Pantry: Provides UW students, staff, and faculty with nonperishable groceries and select fresh produce for no cost

Reporting violence

Bias Incident Advisory Committee: How to report bias incidents

Safe Campus: How to report violence or threats to the safety of yourself or others. NB: Faculty and TAs at UW must report to the authorities any reports or evidence of sexual violence they encounter; one way to do so is through Safe Campus.

Resolving conflicts

Office of the Ombud: A collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future

University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO): Investigates complaints that a University employee has violated the University’s non-discrimination and/or non-retaliation policies