Events: Crafting Effective Diversity Statements & Cover Letters”



A panel and workshop for postdocs and graduate students.

Thursday, Apr 4th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, Unity Suite

What is a diversity statement? Why is it important? How do I describe my potential to contribute to diversity, inclusion and equity in academia and industry?


  • Rickey Hall, Vice President and University Diversity Officer, UW
  • Evangelina Shreeve, Director, STEM Education and Outreach, PNNL
  • Butch de Castro, Professor and Associate Dean, Nursing, UW
  • Cynthia del Rosario, Diversity, Equity and Access Officer, Information School, UW

Hear panelists talk about what they look for in a diversity statement when they are hiring; discuss expectations for a diversity statement in your job application; and begin writing one as part of the workshop.


In celebration of 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, this event is generously co-hosted by:

  • UW Postdoc Diversity Alliance
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
  • Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Core Programs, Graduate School

Funding: Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant, Mar 31

Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant

Deadline: Grant Proposals due by March 31, 2019 at 5:00 PM PDT

Broadening participation in computing is a core part of Microsoft’s values; accordingly, they are excited to continue the Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant that aims to recognize, support, and mentor diverse doctoral students as they complete their dissertation research in computing-related fields. Continue reading

Talk: Not Just for Kids – How Children’s Literature Can Inspire Bold Conversations, Apr 2


Not Just for Kids – How Children’s Literature Can Inspire Bold Conversations

Speaker: Anu Taranath
Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Seattle- Othello (just East of the Link Light Rail Station)

To register for April 2019 Seattle – Othello Lunch & Learns, click here.

Children’s literature sparks the imaginations of young people and can provide warmth and comfort. But books like these can also inspire adults— helping us to imagine ourselves in a new way and think about identity, race, and society from a new perspective. In this talk, University of Washington professor Anu Taranath will showcase children’s books from around the world as well as diverse communities in the US, and invites audiences to take a closer look at the power of the printed page. Continue reading

Funding: ALA Diversity Research Grant Program, Apr 15

ALA Diversity Research Grant Program

Deadline: Proposals due by April 15, 2019 at midnight, PDT.

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach issues within library and information science. Proposals are due by midnight Pacific time on April 15, 2019. Continue reading

Webinar: C&CS Presents – Mapping your Journey, Steps for Beginning a Librarianship Diversity Residency, Mar 18


Mapping your Journey: Steps for Beginning a Librarianship Diversity Residency

presented by Amanda Leftwich

March 18, 2019 at 1 PM (ET)

Register here for a Zoom link

You’ve gotten a residency, now what? This webinar will highlight a diversity residency located at the Montgomery County Community College to outline the steps of entering a residency based on this experience. Continue reading