Dianne Harris Arts and Sciences Dean

Dianne Harris, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, shares updates and news and provides her thoughts on topical issues in higher education and beyond.


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  • Dean's Academy Futurists

    Rethinking the Academy Update

    February may be the shortest month of the year, but it was very busy, especially for our College of Arts & Sciences Rethinking the Academy initiative. We were grateful to have an extra, 29th day this year since all aspects of the initiative were activated.

    03/12/2024 | College of Arts & Sciences
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    What's a Campus For?

    Dean Dianne Harris reflects on the importance of being together in person on campus after spending so much time interacting virtually during the pandemic. 

    10/30/2023 | College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dean's Academy Futurists

    Thinking like a Futurist

    What tools are required in order to think productively about the future? What methods do we need to learn to structure futurist thinking, and what values will inform our visions of the future? How might we be able to identify a set of preferred futures, and then set about working towards their eventual realization?

    10/11/2023 | College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dean Dianne Harris speaks to staff at a College of Arts & Sciences Advancement All-Staff Meeting

    2023-24 Welcome message from Dean Harris: Our guiding principles

    The dean's leadership team has adopted a set of guiding principles for our shared work as we continue to reimagine liberal arts education for the next 50 years.

    09/29/2023 | College of Arts & Sciences
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    Learning from Students

    A group of undergraduate and graduate students meet with Dean Harris regularly as the Arts and Sciences Advisory Council for Students (ASACS). "I consider these generous students as being among my greatest campus resources," writes the dean. 

    07/27/2023 | College of Arts & Sciences
  • Faculty work through a card exercise during the Humetrics values workshop at the UW.

    Continuing to Rethink the Academy in 2023

    Launching this initiative offers opportunities for us to collectively consider what higher education can be when we design it for today and for the near future, writes Dean Harris.

    01/09/2023 | College of Arts & Sciences
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    Updated Diversity Blueprint Emphasizes Indigenous Communities and Place Based Learning

    The document provides a framework and a set of actions we can take towards becoming a more equitable, inclusive, accessible, and just university.

    11/01/2022 | College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dean Dianne Harris meets with students during Early Fall Start

    Welcome, Huskies!

    Dean Harris welcomes Huskies - returning and new - to the College of Arts and Sciences.

    10/06/2022 | College of Arts & Sciences
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    The Collective Power of Trees

    Dean Dianne Harris writes that the UW's beloved cherry trees provide no better symbol of the College of Arts and Sciences.

    10/03/2022 | College of Arts & Sciences
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    Our Faculty's Resilience and Brilliance

    "Our faculty continue to make significant contributions to their fields despite the pandemic, and they welcome students to join them in this important work," writes Dean Dianne Harris.

    07/22/2022 | College of Arts & Sciences