University of Washington Honors Program

Justice and Equity Statement

The Honors Program stands in solidarity with all those outraged by the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Shaun Fuhr, Charleena Lyles, Manuel Ellis among too many other Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, trans and gender non-conforming lives. These deaths serve as yet another reminder of the pervasiveness of racism and the dehumanization of the LGBTQIA communities and our failure to adequately address and change systems of intertwined oppressions. We acknowledge the deep pain, anguish and extra trauma our black, brown, and indigenous communities are carrying right now, made more visible to all. 
 
In the midst of these challenging times, know we are in community with you and we will not be silent. All in the Honors Program hold ourselves accountable to be a better and stronger Program with equity, diversity and justice threaded throughout our work on campus and our work that extends across the country, and around the world.

We recognize that “…we must directly confront bias and racism at the individual, institutional and systemic levels” (UW Race and Equity Initiative). We see this work as vital and as part of ongoing institutional transformation in the context of the historically white University of Washington. Our course offerings continually evolve, led by UW faculty and community leaders, locally and internationally, whose contributions to equity and inclusion across systems and attitudes shape our culture. Our pedagogy places special emphasis on social justice, racial equity, critical community engagement, reflection, analyses of intersectional power and other transformative questions.

Resources:
Black Student Union 
Call to Action 
UW Libraries Racial Justice Resources
AES Resources
#ShutDownAcademia #ShutDownSTEM resources
#Black Lives Matter


Learn More

Equity, diversity and inclusion work for social justice is part of everything we do. Here are just a few highlights of the people and stories reflecting our values.

ADMISSIONS AND RECRUITMENT

We seek students who are eager to think in complex ways about big global challenges, challenge themselves to take risks along the way, and act in the world through the lens of their own diverse experiences.

UW students enjoying the sun a on hammock at Rainier Vista.

Who Are Honors Students?

Honors student statistics

UW Engineering student working

Admissions and Recruiting Philosophy

Director’s Advice to potential applicants


CURRICULUM

Our course offerings continually evolve, led by world-class UW faculty and community leaders, locally and internationally, whose contributions to equity and inclusion across systems and attitudes that shape our culture. While designing our interdisciplinary curriculum, we place special emphasis on social justice, racial equity, critical community engagement, reflection, analyses of intersectional power and other transformative questions.

students engaged in learning

Honors Courses

Honors Courses

Ritika Jain's Honors Portfolio

Reflective Thinking

The Honors Portfolio

Emma Spickard at Real Change

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning


COMMUNITY

When you’re talking about UW Honors you are really talking about a community of purpose, made up of thousands of thoughtful, curious people who care about the world in countless ways. Here are just a few recent examples of how the people in our community are showing up to lead important conversations about equity, identity and society.


Recent News


Honors Intersectional Equity And Justice Workgroup

Our workgroup understands concepts of equity and justice in broad terms, including, but not limited to socially constructed understandings of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, and other areas of social equality. We value diverse experiences and perspectives, we strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We understand this work as an ongoing process. 

Members:

  • Alaa Alshaibani, Evans School of Public Policy, graduate student, (UW Honors RA)
  • Tory Brundage (co-chair), College of Education (Leadership and Policy), Brotherhood Initiative
  • Rachel Chapman, Associate Professor, Anthropology (GWSS and Global Health)
  • Nadra Fredj, UW Honors Academic Advisor
  • Claire Grant, UW Honors, Lead Academic Advisor 
  • Michelle Habell-Pallán, Professor, GWSS (Music and Communication)
  • Sid Jain, UW Honors Student Peer Educator (Human Centered Design & Engineering)
  • Nisha Nariya, UW Honors Alum, Honors Advisory Board, Attorney
  • Reem Sabha, UW Honors Alum and Honors Council Member, graduate student, Jackson School
  • Aniruddh Saxena, UW Honors Student Peer Educator (Bioengineering)
  • Kiran Singh, UW Honors Student Peer Educator, Political Science (International Security)
  • Juliana Villegas (co-chair), UW Honors, Affiliate Assistant Professor, English 
  • Joyce Yen, Director, UW ADVANCE Engineering, Honors Council member

If you have questions about our equity and diversity work, please contact Juliana Villegas at villegas@uw.edu.

The workgroup is charged to:

  • Create and cultivate an environment that enables students, faculty, and staff to feel safe, respected and self-empowered;
  • Create and promote opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to enhance their understanding and sensitivity of diversity, identity, and accessibility;
  • Promote the hiring and retention of diverse staff and faculty who research and teach diverse curricula;
  • Promote recruiting and success of underrepresented students; and
  • Transparently communicate our ongoing work to expand race equity and social justice in the UW Honors Program.

Collaborations