Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Honoring Place in the Built Environment

The University of Washington and College of Built Environments acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples of this land, and the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.

Glossary of Terms

Diversity is a range of human identities, including but not limited to age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, physical ability or attributes, political beliefs, race, religious or ethical values system, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and veteran status.

Equity is understanding how historical and structural legacies shape contemporary societal realities (e.g. citizenship, education, immigration, migration, public policy, and religion), recognizing when such legacies maintain specific power and privilege shape these realities, and restoring balance when policy and societal application does not work to the benefit of all our citizens. 

Inclusion is the active engagement, involvement and empowerment of our diverse community, where the inherent worth and dignity of our full community is recognized.

These definitions come from the CBE Equity Council, established in Autumn 2016, to identify areas of community and pedagogic improvement throughout the college that promote our goals of greater diversity, equity and inclusion.