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


January 12| Social Justice Social Hour

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Small Group Discussion on Zoom: https://washington.zoom.us/j/91978983063
The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee will facilitate informal small group discussions about race, intersectionality, equity, and related topics throughout the school year. For this conversation, we would like to create a space to digest and reflect upon the recent insurrection of the US Capitol. We welcome any discussion, although participants are recommended to read The Capitol Riot Was an Attack on Multiracial Democracy by Adam Serwer in preparation.

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

January 12-16 |UW Events During MLK Week

January 12-16

Many events have gone virtual in 2021, but there are still plenty of ways to mark the MLK Day holiday this year!


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!