Grad Students

Diversity Resources

The UW Chemical Engineering Department recognizes that women and people of color are underrepresented in our discipline in spite of the valuable expertise and perspective they contribute to our field. We are committed to fostering an open and inclusive environment to support students from underrepresented groups and improve their outcomes.


University and Departmental Diversity Resources


Diversity in Clean Energy (DICE) is a student-led organization within the Clean Energy Institute (CEI)  that seeks to promote diversity and equal opportunity in clean tech by facilitating opportunities for students to connect with clean energy professionals and CEI seminar speakers.


The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is a primary resource for graduate students of underrepresented groups. It provides educational and social events to help graduate students develop themselves professionally in addition to a variety of other resources.


Every international student should take advantage of UW International Student Services (ISS). It provides counseling regarding immigration status, as well as federal and university policies that affect citizens of other countries. Each international student has an advisor assigned by last name who should be the first point of contact regarding any visa-related issues.


The Pacific North West Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is dedicated to increasing the recruitment, retention and graduation rate of underrepresented students in STEM. To further this goal, LSAMP helps students locate internships and paid research opportunities and other professional development opportunities.


The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) works to support African-Americans in engineering. UW hosts a chapter with weekly meetings in the Ethnic Cultural Center.


UW's Q Center serves as a resource center for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Q Center offers a weekly Gender Discussion Group and a Mentoring Program and other events. You can also check out oSTEM, UW's community of LGBTQ+ people in STEM. Rainbow Grads is a social organization for LGBTQ+ grad students at the UW. 


The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has a UW chapter and is dedicated to supporting students from these groups throughout the STEM fields.


The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is particular to engineering and also features a UW chapter which holds weekly meetings in the Ethnic Cultural Center.


The UW Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is designed to help both women and men achieve full potential as engineering professionals and to demonstrate the benefits of diversity in the field.  The society hosts monthly meetings, career fairs, interview and resume critiques and more.


wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House is a longhouse-style building that serves as a learning and gathering space for American Indian and Alaska Native students. The building opened last year and Phase II of construction will add an additional building.


Our department is home to Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE), a group dedicated to supporting the educational and professional development of our women students.

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