Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity

UW Law's longstanding commitment to diversity is an extension of our commitment to excellence. At UW Law, we believe the best legal education integrates legal theory, doctrine and practice that must be delivered by a diverse faculty to a diverse student body. This is evident in the number of alumni who are prominent in the legal profession, many breaking through the barriers of gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation along the way.

Student Organizations

Our students have the benefit of UW Law's minority student organizations, diversity events and a student population who come from myriad races, ethnicities, LGBTQI identities, economic backgrounds and life experiences to help inform them and support our commitment to diversity.

Leadership

UW Law pursues diversity and inclusion purposefully and rigorously; in this sense, our work is a continual progression. As an institution that shapes the law locally and globally, the law school recognizes that law is a powerful tool for social change. The entire UW Law community is therefore committed to using our privileged leadership position to advance equality and justice throughout Washington state, the United States and the world.

Honoring Place

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

Dis­criminat­ion Reporting

Visit the Discrimination Reporting Page to learn how to report microaggressions or discrimination and to learn about the Stop the Hate project.

Report Microaggressions or Discrimination

Upcoming Events

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Stories

An Unlikely Path to Immigration Law
Georgina Olazcon Mozo
An Unlikely Path to Immigration Law

Though she initially resisted after her family’s experiences, Georgina Olazcon Mozo has found her calling as director of the Immigration Law Clinic — and as an empowering mentor.

Spotlight on Latinx Student Leaders at UW Law
Talia Cabrera
Spotlight on Latinx Student Leaders at UW Law

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, get to know what motivates and moves three Latinx student leaders at UW Law.

WLI Co-Chairs Announced
Erika Evans and Craig Sims
WLI Co-Chairs Announced

Erika Evans and Craig Sims have been selected as Co-Chairs of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI), leading efforts to recruit and develop underrepresented attorneys for leadership positions.

Ph.D. in Law Candidate Chianaraekpere “Chianara” Ike Receives the 2023 Justice Charles Z. Smith Law Student Award
Chianaraekpere “Chianara” Ike
Ph.D. in Law Candidate Chianaraekpere “Chianara” Ike Receives the 2023 Justice Charles Z. Smith Law Student Award

The Justice Charles Z. Smith Award is awarded to one student per year from each of the three law schools in Washington state.

Women’s History Month Spotlight on Carolyn Purnell ‘71
Carolyn Purnell '71
Women’s History Month Spotlight on Carolyn Purnell ‘71

Carolyn Purnell ‘71 was one of the first two Black women to graduate from UW Law, almost 70 years after the first Black man, William McDonald Austin, graduated in 1902.