The staff, faculty, and students of the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics are committed to maintaining an educational environment that serves all students well. We believe that a strong education can improve the lives of young people and foster healthy, successfully communities now and in the future.
We believe a high quality university education has the power to help close the gaps that separate communities due to historical disparities in opportunity and access. We further recognize that many disparities in opportunity have been unjustly shaped by factors such as income, ethnicity, gender identity and sexuality, physical or learning differences, national origin, and faith. We also recognize that lack of meaningful diversity in any environment undermines the understanding, communication, and respect that are critical to addressing important questions we face as students, teachers, professionals, and citizens.
With this in mind, our department is committed to expanding participation and establishing an inclusive, empowering environment for all students.
- We welcome students to our labs and our classrooms regardless of personal background.
- We provide needed resources and support to all learners.
- We apply standards and expectations equally to all members of our department.
- We practice a high standard of respectful, ethical conduct at all times.
- We recognize and defend the dignity of our colleagues, our students, and our classmates.
- We work to remove barriers and behaviors that detract from the academic, professional, and personal well-being of others.
In pursuit of these values and goals, our department supports and participates in numerous diversity efforts that are directly informed by the recommendations put forward by the National Science Board, including recommendations found in
- Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators: Identifying & Developing our Nation's Human Capital (2010)
- Broadening Participation in Science & Engineering Faculty (2003)
We also support the many diversity programs in the College of Engineering and the University generally and we proudly celebrate our students who actively engage in these activities as well.
The College of Engineering is home to multiple programs that provide financial, social, academic and cultural support to engineering students with an emphasis on reaching populations who are historically underrepresented in engineering.
The College of Engineering in general is also home to a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, including several focused on promoting diversity within the STEM fields, such as:
- American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Society of Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers at UW
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.
Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is at the heart of the Graduate School’s commitment to expanding graduate education to underrepresented minority (URM) communities.
Disability Resources for Students (DRS) is dedicated to ensuring access, accommodations, and inclusion for all students with temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological differences.
The University of Washington Q Center is a primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving anyone with or without a gender or sexuality – UW students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.
There are many fellowships and scholarships specifically created to support access, persistence, and success for underrepresented communities in engineering.