Our EDI Goals and Approach

CBE launched a college-wide initiative on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). EDI has been identified as one of the key priorities for the college, the University and professional communities. The EDI initiative is a partnership with the University’s Office of Minority and Diversity and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The University hopes to learn from the CBE approach and create a model for achieving University-wide goals on equity and diversity.

The initiative is focused on measuring and building intercultural competency across the College. Intercultural competence is the ability to accurately understand and effectively adapt to differences. It reflects the degree to which differences in values, expectations, beliefs, and behaviors are effectively bridged in order to achieve learning, research, and workplace objectives. This approach to EDI has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to achieve EDI goals and has been adopted globally across sectors and higher education institutions.

A summary of the initiative and its components are summarized in the appendix to this report. This report provides an interim summary and key points from the focus groups.

The CBE EDI initiative has run parallel with the strategic planning initiative and has had the anticipated benefits. We are expanding our intercultural capacity to engage across disciplines and other boundaries, by using a common framework and tools to create shared vocabulary, meaning and goals. We continue to learn and practice through on-going training (link to resource page with faculty/student videos) and practice acknowledging and engaging differences through discussions such as the Hot Topics. You can find more information in the video’s linked below.

CBE Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Training Videos

CBE EDI Focus Groups – Summary Report

The College of Built Environments launched a college-wide initiative on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). EDI has been identified as one of the key priorities for the college, the University and professional communities. The EDI initiative is a partnership with the University’s Office of Minority and Diversity and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The University hopes to learn from the CBE approach and create a model for achieving University-wide goals on equity and diversity.

The initiative is focused on measuring and building intercultural competency across the College. Intercultural competence is the ability to accurately understand and effectively adapt to differences. It reflects the degree to which differences in values, expectations, beliefs, and behaviors are effectively bridged in order to achieve learning, research, and workplace objectives. This approach to EDI has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to achieve EDI goals and has been adopted globally across sectors and higher education institutions.

A summary of the initiative and its components are summarized in the appendix to this report. This report provides an interim summary and key points from the focus groups.

Part 1: CBE Initiative on IDI – Context and Strategy

Part 2: Intercultural Competence and the IDI

 

Part 3: IDI Group Results – CBE’s Level of Intercultural Competence

CBE Alignment with OMA&D

CBE also works in alignment with the overarching framework provided by the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D), which published the 2017–2021 UW Diversity Blueprint.
The Blueprint established six key goals:

  • Cultivate an inclusive campus climate
  • Attract, retain and graduate a diverse and excellent student body
  • Attract and retain a diverse faculty
  • Attract and retain a diverse staff
  • Assess tri-campus diversity needs
  • Improve accountability and transparency.

We are also fortunate to have the full support of UW President Ana Mari Cauce who articulated the University’s commitment to anti-racism in a letter sent to the UW Black Student Union on Sept, 10, 2020 in response to specific concerns voiced by UW students.

Professor Lynne Manzo is the UW CBE Diversity Council representative. Please reach out to either Professor Manzo or the Dean with any ideas, questions or concerns related to EDI at the college.

 UW Additional EDI Resources & Reports

The College of Built Environments launched a college-wide initiative on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). EDI has been identified as one of the key priorities for the college, the University and professional communities. The EDI initiative is a partnership with the University’s Office of Minority and Diversity and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The University hopes to learn from the CBE approach and create a model for achieving University-wide goals on equity and diversity.

The initiative is focused on measuring and building intercultural competency across the College. Intercultural competence is the ability to accurately understand and effectively adapt to differences. It reflects the degree to which differences in values, expectations, beliefs, and behaviors are effectively bridged in order to achieve learning, research, and workplace objectives. This approach to EDI has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to achieve EDI goals and has been adopted globally across sectors and higher education institutions.

A summary of the initiative and its components are summarized in the appendix to this report. This report provides an interim summary and key points from the focus groups.