UWHR DEI project team
Launched in autumn 2020, this year-long initiative aims to further DEI work within UWHR and across the University. Although this initiative is planned for just one year, a primary focus will be creating a roadmap for the future.
To create lasting change and equitable and inclusive workplaces here at the UW, the team will center its efforts around developing strategies, identifying sustainable practices, improving existing policies and building community within UWHR and with our stakeholders. We are also striving to lay a foundational groundwork by building additional DEI resources and training tools to support professional development and personal growth for all staff.
Initially the team has been focusing on researching successful DEI efforts at peer institutions and creating a rubric that can be applied to policy review and development. The team has also been developing an online training on implicit bias that will be freely available to all UW leaders and staff and has contributed to the UW Staff Demographic Baseline Report.
Project oversight and direction is being provided by Ujima Donalson, assistant vice president of Total Talent Management and inclusion strategist for UWHR. The team will be operating within Professional & Organizational Development and will be receiving support with communications and administration from POD.
Stay tuned for more as the team’s work progresses.
About the team
DEI Recruiting Consultant
Ebonee joined UWHR as a diversity recruiter in 2019, where she’s used her background in full-cycle recruiting as a lens for increasing diversity and inclusion and has performed extensive outreach within UWHR and across the University to promote attracting and hiring diverse talent and also retaining, developing, engaging and advancing existing employees.
In joining the DEI team, Ebonee has expanded her role and reach and is bringing her considerable experience to establishing policies, procedures and practices that minimize barriers, ensure an inclusive and equitable recruiting process, and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce and culture of inclusion and belonging.
Diversity Equity & Inclusion Specialist
Before joining the DEI team, Virginia served as the assistant to the assistant vice president of Labor Relations in UWHR and recently completed her Master’s in Public Administration at Seattle University. She brings her deep commitment to diversity, access and social justice to her role and to UWHR’s Diversity Committee.
Prior to joining UW, Virginia worked and volunteered for a number of non-profits in the Seattle area, including El Centro de la Raza, Casa Latina and United Way, as well as working as a program coordinator for the School of Public Health.
UWHR DEI Intern
While in the for-profit and retail/fashion merchandising sector, Kavir experienced an increased lack of diversity as he rose in the ranks. Consequently, he decided to adjust his career path to foster DEI initiatives within organizational institutions.
Kavir has completed a minor in Diversity Studies and is currently completing a bachelor’s in Communication, specifically focused on DEI and equity and social justice fields. He has volunteered at Entre Hermanos (Seattle’s Latino LGBTQ+ nonprofit) and is experienced in both human resources and organizational policy work.