Underlying all public health research and training activities is an appreciation of the effect that cultural and socioeconomic diversity have on the health of communities.

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We acknowledge that our students, faculty, and staff come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and we recognize that these backgrounds and experiences strengthen our department.

As the problem of racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes continues to grow, policymakers and the general public increasingly look to health professional schools to address these urgent and unacceptable circumstances. Because we are one of the few schools of public health in the Northwest, it is particularly important for us to be up to the challenge.

Biostatistics EDI Committee

The Department of Biostatistics Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee is a department governing body of students, faculty, and staff working to foster the following goals: 

  • Creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment and community for all department members and visitors;
  • Promoting equity and diversity in the profession of biostatistics and more broadly;
  • Further supporting students, faculty, and staff academically and professionally. 

The committee collaborates with other department committees including:

  • Reviewing admissions criteria and courses with an equity lens;
  • Engaging the department in readings around race and equity;
  • Interfacing with students and administration about any programmatic issues around equity diversity and inclusion.


We are always seeking students, post-docs, staff, and faculty who would like to serve as EDI committee members. Your input is invaluable, and it is extremely important that our committee represents the voices in our department.

What is the time commitment?

The committee meets on a weekly basis, with some additional work outside of the meetings. We always have an action item list that keeps our mission moving forward, with some months busier than others. 

To join, send an email to the EDI co-chairs at biostgp@uw.edu letting us know you would like to join and we can provide you with information on the date and time of our next meeting as well as any other upcoming events that may be of interest.

Resources for Students, Staff, Faculty

EDI Committee Newsletter

The Biostatistics EDI newsletter is a quarterly email newsletter which provides tools, resources and updates for building an inclusive community within the UW Department of Biostatistics. Issue archives will be added to this page as more are published. 

February 2024 Issue

Department of Biostatistics EDI Newsletter pdf - issue 1
Read the full issue: February 2024 issue (pdf)

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