Diversity Committee


The Department of Urban Design and Planning’s Diversity Committee consists of faculty, students, alumni, staff and Professionals Council members who are committed to acknowledging and serving the needs of our students. The Diversity Committee works to create a stronger and more inclusive community by focusing on initiatives and events that recognize, engage, and benefit students across our Department’s many types of diversity, including (but not limited to): race, ethnicity, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, educational background, veteran status, and (dis)ability.

UDP Diversity Plan

The UDP Diversity Plan was written and developed by the UDP Diversity Committee, and is a living document intended to guide changes and create an opening to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into the fabric of our department.

UDP Diversity Plan One Page Summary

UDP Diversity Plan

What We Do

UDP Diversity Committee Activities

The Diversity Committee implements the UDP Diversity Plan and works to advance the Department’s goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Diversity Committee will work on implementing two goals of the UDP Diversity Plan:

1. Department Climate
Analyze the student climate survey/listening sessions from Spring 2019 and make recommendations for future work; develop the Report Card; produce an Annual Report of activities and accomplishments

2. Curriculum
Create an EDI template for all new courses that are submitted to the CBE College Curriculum Committee; other

The committee also facilitates connections across programs and cultures to foster community. One example is the Buzz Buddy program, which pairs international and U.S. students within the Department for cross-cultural conversation, sharing of knowledge, and friendship. In another example, the committee organizes a potluck series, inviting all students and faculty to share food and get to know each other in a relaxed context.


The Diversity Committee typically meets in Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters in Gould Hall. The meetings are one hour long and occur every two weeks. The meeting dates for autumn 2019 are:

October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3

1:30-2:30 Gould 442

Any students, staff, or faculty who are not on the Diversity Committee are always welcome to attend the meetings on a drop-in basis.

Committee Members

The Diversity Committee seeks representation from students, staff, and faculty across all of the departmental programs including the CEP undergraduate major, MUP program, MIPM online program, PhD program; as well as members of the UDP Professionals Council.

New members are welcome – students/faculty/staff have the option to sign up as a core member (someone who can attend the majority of meetings and contribute to projects) as well as a general member (someone who wants to attend as their interest/time allows). UDP community members may also elect to be part of the UDP Diversity Committee email list by contacting udp4all@uw.edu.

How to Get Involved

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Professionals Council members in the Department of Urban Design and Planning are welcome to join the Diversity Committee. Here are ways to get involved:

  • Become a standing member – standing members attend the majority of meetings and actively participate in work groups
  • Become a contributing member – contributing members may participate in special projects or work groups, or attend meetings periodically
  • Join the email list – anyone can sign up to the email list to receive meeting announcements and be part of email discussions
  • Drop-ins welcome – dropping in on Diversity Committee meetings is welcomed.

Diversity at the University of Washington

UW Resources

  • UW President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in Spring 2015 with a challenge: that all of us — students, faculty, staff and university leadership — take personal responsibility for addressing our own biases and improving our university culture.
  • The Graduate School supports diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Washington in multiple and innovative ways: from support of students and departments to programming to advocacy to fostering conversation and dialogue.
  • The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is at the heart of the Graduate School’s commitment to expanding graduate education to everyone, with events and programming are geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students and students of color.
  • The Intellectual House is a longhouse-style facility on the UW Seattle campus. It provides a multi-service learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty and staff, as well as others from various cultures and communities to come together in a welcoming environment to share knowledge.
  • The University of Washington Q Center is a primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving students, faculty, staff and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities, and expressions.
  • The University of Washington Veterans Education Benefits office serves military veterans and their dependents during their time as students at the UW.
  • The Disability Resources for Students (DRS) unit is dedicated to ensuring access and inclusion for all students with disabilities on the Seattle campus.

To further explore diversity at the University of Washington, please see: http://www.washington.edu/diversity/ .

Contact Us

If you have questions, suggestions or concerns, you may email any of us individually, or the committee as a whole at: udp4all@uw.edu. These emails will be received by Branden Born and Diana Siembor.