The Department of Global Health recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity.  The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability, and age. Our definition of diversity is broad, recognizing that there are multiple definitions of diversity. Our Departmental definition includes traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g. based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, class).  Further, given our unique focus on international research and collaboration, DGH recognizes an additional focus on the diversity and inclusion of people from various countries and cultures.


  • DGH leadership and DEI committee co-chairs, with input from DGH students, staff and faculty,  have developed a department Action Plan to Address Racism and White Supremacy, which outlines specific actions that the department is taking to fight racism within our institution, as part of our DEI goals. Learn more about the Action Plan and current status.  
  • DGH is seeking a part-time (20% FTE) Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This position is open to current or incoming faculty at the UW Seattle Campus. Apply by Nov. 30, 2020. For more info, please click here.
  • DGH stands in solidarity with our Black community members: read the DGH statement and the statement from the UW Health Sciences deans.
  • This year’s UW Health Sciences common book is Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an antiracist”. Please join the Health Sciences community in reading this important book and reflecting on we can become individually and institutionally antiracist. 

What We Do

The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. As such DGH has taken various steps toward promoting diversity, including creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that has been active since 2013. The Committee aims to help ensure DGH accountability to the School of Medicine’s mission to promote diversity within healthcare, and the School of Public Health’s commitment to developing a more diverse and culturally competent faculty, staff, and student body in order to better serve communities in our region and beyond. 

The DEI Committee objectives include:

  • Promoting recruitment and retention of diverse students, staff and faculty
  • Promoting inclusivity, representation of diverse identities, antiracism and anticolonialism in DGH curriculum and instruction
  • Building a diverse, inclusive and equitable department culture
  • Promoting equity in DGH’s global partnerships
  • Advocating for policy change to push for equity and antiracism at the University and beyond

UW DGH Study on Campus Policing: Members of the DGH DEI committee, Jahn Jarimillo and Steve Gloyd, completed a study in 2018 of University campus policing practices around the US in order to inform efforts to disarm UWPD. Access the report here.

Learn More: Anti-Racism Resources

Organizations that specifically support Black mental health:

Explaining the logistics of abolishing the police:

This platform is for international development professionals looking to unpack questions of race, white privilege, and how the colonial hangover is still impacting the global aid sector today. We will be starting on Monday, June 1st and ending on September 30th, 2020!