Diversity and Equity Forum

Following in suit with broader conversations on diversity and equity at the University of Washington, FINS launched the Diversity and Equity Forum in Spring Quarter 2016.

Our services to the SAFS community:

  1. Promoting safety and inclusion in our workspace
  2. Providing a space for learning about diversity and equity
  3. Providing representation on related committees in the broader community
  4. Providing office hours for graduate students to share experiences and connect students to appropriate resources

Office Hours:

We currently function by appointment only. Contact us at safs.forum@gmail.com to set-up an appointment with one of the facilitators.

As a graduate student, it can be hard to get heard or helped when you need it. Students are at the bottom of the academic ladder, and may not wish to talk about an issue in fear of the consequences of others finding out.

The Forum aims to make it easy for students to be heard and connected to appropriate resources. Forum Facilitators will hold weekly Office Hours so that students can talk to peers in a supportive and confidential setting. Then, if needed and with permission, Facilitators can help students connect to the appropriate resources.

We are committed to:

  1. Active listening. We are here to validate students’ experiences and feelings.
  2. Confidentiality. What happens in office hours stays in office hours, unless a student explicitly gives permission otherwise or if disclosing the information protects the student or others from serious harm. Facilitators may share with each other to ensure that we are being as helpful as possible.
  3. Leading with vulnerability. Because we are all imperfect human beings, we want to invite feedback from students on how we can be better Facilitators. Our biggest concern is supporting our peers and we want to do it right.

If you have an issue and you really can’t bring yourself to talk to anyone about it but need to get it off of your chest, here is a link to an anonymous Dropbox:

http://tinyurl.com/zp5vvfg

We’ll get an email without any of your identifying information. This information can be used to alert Forum Facilitators of issues in our community. For example, it can be important to note patterns over time without any identifying information.  This can also be a way for you to simply unload a burden by sharing it. You are free to write what you expect us to do with it.  This information will not be shared with graduate staff or others unless explicit permission is granted.

Current Forum Facilitators

  • Catherine Austin
  • Christine Stawitz
  • Jessie Hale
  • Mathis Messager
  • Natalie Lowell
  • Vincent O. Jobin

Interested in becoming a more active member in the discussion? Why not become a facilitator? All levels of commitment are acceptable. We are always looking to hear from people coming from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Contact us at safs.forum@gmail.com.

Autumn Quarter Events

We already had some events and there are more to come!

Past Events

April 4: Safe(r) Zone Training. Safe(r) Zone is an educational opportunity designed to reduce prejudice and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression at UW and create a safe and affirming campus. The workshop provides information on sexuality, gender, privilege, microaggressions, and allyship. 8:30-11:00 am, Allen Library. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1120446344672920/

April 5: Facilitated conversation on race and equity (with FREE DINNER) with the Office of the President, 5:30-7:00 in the Intellectual House; and Equity and Difference Lecture Series talk on microaggressions, 7:30-8:30; RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1RLBz0z

April 6: Lunch-time debrief and summary (with SNACKS) on previous night’s events at SAFS. The event is intended as a way for students to debrief and apply what they learned to our SAFS community, and to relay information to students who could not make it.

April 22: Lunch-time journal club on UW Professor Scott Freeman’s work on equity in the classroom (with SNACKS) at SAFS.

May 18: Equity and Difference Lecture Series talk on triumphs and setbacks for LGBTQ equality; RSVP here http://bit.ly/1UDhlgL

May 19: Lunch-time debrief and summary (with SNACKS) on previous night’s events at SAFS. The event is intended as a way for students to debrief and apply what they learned to our SAFS community, and to relay information to students who could not make it.

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