The Department of Genome Sciences is committed to fostering a diverse community of scholars that is encouraging and welcoming to all students. This is reflected in efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and student body.

The Department of Genome Sciences recognizes the importance of role models among the faculty in recruiting and retaining a diverse student population as well as enriching the intellectual life and quality of its programs. To this end, enhancing gender balance and diversity within the faculty is a high priority of all faculty searches.

Within the student body, specific strategies for recruiting underrepresented minority students include:

Other diversity organizations within the Department of Genome Sciences and the University of Washington include:

Women in Genome Sciences
The Women in Genome Sciences (WiGS) organization was created in order to establish an environment supportive of women in Genome Sciences. Our primary mission is to address issues particularly relevant to women in the department. These issues include, but are not limited to recruitment of graduate students and faculty, attrition of women from academic science, navigation of an academic career with a family, and development of a department friendly to women.

We are a student chapter of the national organization, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Our mission is to promote diversity in the sciences. The national organization was founded by Chicano and Native American scientists; however, we welcome and include everyone who is interested in promoting diversity in science.

University of Washington Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program
As a unit of the UW Graduate School, the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), is committed to serving the needs of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously fostering an educational and social environment in which all students can learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.