Diversity Matters

In the UW College of Arts & Sciences, diversity is an integral part of our community, curriculum and research. We value what makes us different — we embrace it. And we are consistently looking for ways to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our living and learning environment.


Supporting the Husky community

Arts & Sciences offers various educational, cultural and wellness resources to nurture diversity and inclusion in the College.

Academic and learning resources

  • Academic counseling services in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) offers one-to-one advising and academic assistance to UW students, particularly those from low-income families and underrepresented backgrounds, as well as students who will be the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college.

  • The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) is home to thirteen programs, each of which connects UW undergraduates to expand and enrich their learning through research, service learning, volunteering, or leadership.

  • Diversity courses strengthen students’ understanding of how race, class, gender, disability, nationality, sexuality, religion and age interact to define identities and social relations.

  • The Expository Writing Program offers various writing courses designed to help students meet a shared set of outcomes, with an emphasis on resources for historically underserved students. 


  • The Instructional Center provides academic and tutoring support to students affiliated with Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity programs.

  • The Language Learning Center provides interactive multimedia and computing resources to facilitate authentic language and cultural learning.

  • The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC)  provides a friendly, non-judgmental and supportive environment for English language learners, international students and multilingual writers.

  • The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity provides a suite of STEM resources — from advising to career and graduate school preparation — for underrepresented minority, low-income and first-generation students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


  • The Undergraduate Research Program facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with UW faculty members across the University. 

    The College also offers the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program (Pre-MAP) for UW students without experience in programming or scientific research who are interested in math and science. Pre-MAP is for students traditionally underrepresented in astronomy — women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islanders, low-income or first-generation college students.

Career and postgraduate resources

  • The Career & Internship Center empowers students to discover and pursue a path to a fulfilling career to make a mark on the world.

  • The Graduate School/Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) works with graduate students, faculty and staff to strengthen and maintain campus diversity while enhancing academic opportunities for graduate students of color and encouraging scholarship and research that explores cultural diversity.

Community and cultural resources

  • The LiveWell Center raises awareness, promotes community and accountability, and teaches life-long practices for health and well-being.

  • Student organizations at the UW offer leadership, professional development and community engagement opportunities for students of all interests.

  • The Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE) is the UW’s primary portal to resources, community and activities that help international and domestic students maximize their Husky Experience together.

  • The Q Center facilitates and enhances a brave, affirming, liberatory and celebratory environment for students, faculty staff and alumni of all sexual and gender orientations, identities and expressions.

  • The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (Kelly EEC) offers resources and opportunities for students, including advising, organizational development, personal growth and referrals to other departments and programs.

  • The UW’s undocumented student resources support undocumented students of all ethnicities and nationalities throughout the various stages of their Husky Experience.

  • The Alene Moris Women’s Center promotes gender equity and social justice through educational programs and services that allow all participants to succeed in life.

  • Intellectual House is a multi-service learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities, to come together in a welcoming environment and share knowledge.

Disability resources

  • The Disability and D/deaf Cultural Center (D Center) is a space where students can study, organize, rest and attend events and programs focusing on supporting and celebrating disability and D/deaf communities at the UW and beyond.

  • Disability Resources for Students (DRS) serves approximately 1,700 students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. Staff work with admitted students to ensure equal access to UW academic programs and services.