Dean’s EDI Message

Welcome to the CBE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Webpages!

At CBE we believe that Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are essential to meeting our goal of a more just and beautiful world. We believe that focusing on equitable and inclusive principles in the built environment, elevates diversity and justice, and results in increased health, wealth, and deeper levels of engagement for everyone. The built environment bears a disproportionate share of the responsibility for carbon emissions, energy consumption and place-based determinants of health and wellness in the world. As we continue to more deeply understand the power of the built environments as a lever of change, we commit to shifting from “doing less bad” to doing good. These are complex problems, solving them requires the ability to work effectively with people who come from a wide range of identities that may intersect. 

Having a shared understanding of what equity, diversity, and inclusion mean in the context of our college is important to reaching these goals.  This page collects resources and captures the evolving dialogue around how we are building necessary skills and framing new mindsets with these topics in mind. Reaching a shared understanding is the first step in developing systems and processes that align with our values. We expect those values will be reflected in how we operate as a college, how we treat those in our community, and as an important measure of our success in teaching, research, and engagement. 

As a college, we have outlined our key strategies for moving forward with our EDI goals. Overall, we seek to increase intercultural competency and the ability to bridge across differences by using strategies outlined in our strategic plan.

We are curious to hear your thoughts on what you find in these resources, especially if you think there are gaps or opportunities you believe we should address, and/or places you wish to partner with us. Reach out to cberesponse@uw.edu or make an appointment to see me during my office hours through my assistant bfaulk@uw.edu.  Thank you for taking the time to engage in this meaningful conversation.

Yours,

Renee