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 and ethnicity along the way.

The Dean's Advisory Council

With the Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity and mentor programs of peer, faculty and alumni mentors, the law school promotes diversity by creating an open, inclusive academic climate that is welcoming to and supportive of all students of color, LGBTQI students and students with disabilities.

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.


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.

Report microaggressions or discrimination

UW Law is committed to creating a welcoming and respectful learning and working environment. Please report microaggressions (a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group), discrimination or other issues that you experience or observe.

Students can make this report by:

Faculty and staff can make this report by:

  • Submitting an incident report. (NetID is used for authentication only and will not be tracked. Contact information is optional.)
  • Contacting the Director of Human Resources, Equity and Engagement, Sellyna Ehlers. You are welcome to email Sellyna directly or drop by Human Resources to schedule an appointment.

Diversity News

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Elevating the value of volunteerism

As UW Law’s new Moderate Means Program staff attorney, Kristina Larry sees giving back as both a personal and professional imperative.

Building a welcoming, respectful learning and working environment

Read the latest updates on UW Law’s work related to diversity, inclusion, equity and multiculturism

DEI Week: Everything you need to know

Explore the full schedule for an extended Diversity, Equity and Inclusion week Feb. 24-March 3.

Breaking down barriers to justice in Washington

Students leverage opportunities to address goals set forth in Alliance for Equal Justice’s landmark plan.

Message from the dean: Responding to a racist note

Content warning: Racist and hate speech. We condemn strongly expressions of hate as antithetical to UW Law’s and the University’s values.