Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are guiding philosophies of First Year Programs. It is important that all students feel welcome at the UW and that their individual identities are recognized and respected. Here are a few ways we aim to create an inclusive community. 

Honoring the Land: We honor the peoples on whose land we’re guests as a protocol for being in this area.  Local visiting tribal communities will canoe to a tribes homeland and that’s where the protocols come into use.  From the shore, the home community welcomes visitors with songs out to the water; the visitors then sing songs to the shore and are welcomed.  Once guests land, there is a potlatch where visitors honor and acknowledge their hosts. 

One way we do this is through acknowledgement of the land when we begin programs. Statement: 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. 

Pronouns: Another way to do this is to use correct pronouns when referring to others. Making an assumption and incorrectly using others’ pronouns can make them feel disrespected or unsafe, especially to members of our community who are trans*.

Trans* (adj.): Anyone whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs significantly from what is expected of them in their culture based on their sex assigned at birth, including people who are transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and more.

We share our pronouns because we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment where people of all genders feel respected and safe. Being an ally is about behavior, not just intention. So we invite everyone, including those who are cisgender, to share their pronoun. We recognize that we can't make the assumption about anyone's gender just by looking at a person.

Cisgender (adj.): Non-trans*.