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Updates from the Diversity Steering Committee

The Diversity Steering Committee (DSC) has new leadership for the 2018-2019 academic year. Frances Aunon (Adult Clinical Area with Jane Simoni) completed her two-year term as a DSC co-chair last summer and is now back on the team as an active graduate student member. Terrence Pope (Social Psychology & Personality Area with Sapna Cheryan) joined Adriana Germano (Social Psychology & Personality Area with Sapna Cheryan) as DSC co-chair. Together, Adriana and Terrence will share coordination and leadership of DSC’s many initiatives, along with this year’s returning faculty chair, Bill George (Adult Clinical).

This autumn quarter, we welcomed new and future graduate student members by presenting at the Psychology Department's New Student Orientation. New members this year include first year students Noah Triplett (Child Clinical with Shannon Dorsey) and Diana Kwon (Adult Clinical with Ronald Smith)!

At our first meeting of the year, October 23, 2018, we laid the ground work for this upcoming year. Our continuing DSC projects include: Connecting with UW undergraduate students through the second version of our event, “Zoom Out,” coordinating campus-wide Allen L. Edward’s Psychology talks on diversity, and creating a Diversity Climate Training for our department. To facilitate these goals, we’ve formed three subcommittees that met mid-November to begin researching and planning their respective events. You can look forward to hearing updates about these projects as the year progresses!

We also surveyed students in the department about starting a department-wide ‘Tea time’ to take place on a rotating basis. The responses were overwhelmingly positive so look out for more details on that in the future as well!

The DSC looks forward to supporting graduate students in exploring diversity science in their coursework, research, teaching, and other domains of engagement within and outside the UW.  Please contact us at for more information or to ask how you can be a part of one of our upcoming projects!

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