We consider diversity of students, staff and faculty to be a fundamental element of our success, and we promote diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our mission and practice. In Admissions, our goal is to select a regionally representative inclusive student body composed of students with various backgrounds and identities to enrich classroom discussions, unleash creativity, and contribute to preparing our graduates to serve the health needs of all communities in our region and care for an increasingly diverse society. All applicants are evaluated in light of
this mission and we encourage students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to apply to the UWSOM.
The medical field is in acute need of diverse people, ideas, and skill sets if we are to address the health disparities within the WWAMI region and beyond.
Our objective is to create a community that encourages participation and connection, and that values each individual's unique contribution, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, culture, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical status or age.
"Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need for one another."
Message from the UWSOM Academic Affairs Deans
The University of Washington School of Medicine is committed to providing support to all students, especially to those from marginalized groups, and to maintaining privacy of student records including immigration status. Furthermore, the school continues to be committed to accepting DACA students and supporting them once they matriculate.
We also affirm UW President Ana Mari Cauce’s statement that we are “…proud to be the home to students, staff and scholars from around the world. We stand with them and will provide them with support as needed. We are fully committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of all members of our community including those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The UWPD does not and will not detain, question or arrest individuals solely because they lack documentation. Nor do they or will they inquire about immigration status when they detain, question or otherwise interact with people.”
Please contact any one of us if you would like to discuss this or other related issues further.
Suzanne Allen, Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs; Anne Eacker, Associate Dean for Student Affairs; Erika Goldstein, Associate Dean for the Colleges; Sara Kim, Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement; Michael Ryan, Associate Dean for Curriculum; Carol Teitz, Associate Dean for Admissions; Marj Wenrich, Associate Dean for Education Strategies.