Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Events

The Department of Urban Design & Planning hosted our first Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Week in week five of autumn quarter, October 26-30. While themes of equity, diversity, and inclusion will be present throughout our courses, and throughout the year, this week stood out as a time for students, faculty, and staff to engage in substantive dialogue together across curricula, and outside of the classroom. Courses highlighted readings, lessons, and activities. Multiple events were be hosted throughout the week and we will continue to share events in the department, the college and across the UW that focus on EDI.

If you haven’t started already, we recommend reading the Department’s Common Book, How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. You can read more about why we chose this Common Book, and how to get a copy here.

Keep checking back for new events as we will try to update weekly

November 19 | Small Group Discussion of the Common Book, How to be an Antiracist

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Livestream on Zoom : https://washington.zoom.us/j/99981716086

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee will facilitate informal small group discussions about race and equity throughout the school year. For this conversation, we will use the Common Book, How to Be an Antiracist, as a lens to discuss the article Raising a Black Son in the US by Jesyman Ward.

Students, faculty, staff, and local planning and design professionals are encouraged to participate, even if you haven’t read the book or article. We want you part of this important conversation!

Please contact Tyler Quinn-Smith by email at tqsmith@uw.edu with any questions


November 19 | EDI Challenges & Opportunities in the City of Seattle

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30-7:30

Livestream on Zoom :https://washington.zoom.us/j/92170404337

Four City of Seattle employees will talk about their roles and how they address the impacts of institutional and structural racism in local government planning. We have:

  • Lauren Flemister, Community Planning Manager at the Office of Planning and Community Development
  • Jessica Gomez, Strategic Advisor of Policy and Equitable Development at the Office of Housing
  • Steve Hamai, Senior Racial Equity Advisor, Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division at Seattle Public Utilities
  • Ben Han, Program and Policy Specialist, Public Space Management/Street Use at Seattle’s Department of Transportation

November 23 12:30-1:30 | Laboring in Line with Our Values: The Experiences of Women of Color in Academe

Laboring in Line with Our Values: The Experiences of Women of Color in Academe

Speakers: Sonia De La Cruz, Nini Hayes, and Sonalini Sapra

Topic: Laboring in Line with Our Values: The Experiences of Women of Color in Academe

More information click here
Join the UWT Labor Solidarity Project for a weekly, online seminar that will adopt an intersectional approach while exploring the recent histories of the regional, national, and global labor movements. Each meeting will feature a presentation and discussion facilitated by a leading voice in mapping the trajectory of labor activism and scholarship.

Presentations will be broadcast live each Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. via Zoom beginning Monday, October 12th. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Can’t make the live performance? View our archived presentations on the UW Tacoma Labor Solidarity Project YouTube channel playlist.

About the UW Tacoma Labor Solidarity Project: The Labor Solidarity Project at UW Tacoma (UWT) consists of faculty and students working to highlight labor studies in the curriculum, in research, and through community outreach. The Labor Solidarity Project has organized speakers, research programs, and additional curriculum to highlight and deepen our region’s understanding of its distinctive and proud labor history and to shape a future of economic justice and opportunity for all through community-engaged higher education.

April 7 | Ibram X. Kendi

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

You can watch Dr. Ibram X. Kendi speak on Ted, or share space with him locally during the Seattle Arts and Lecture Series event on April 7, 2021 at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale, with discounts available for students!