School of Public Health

Diversity Committee

The Department of Epidemiology’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee was formed in 2016 to support the Department’s efforts to create a more welcoming community for all students, faculty, and staff. The EDI Committee was also established to help guide Departmental change and evaluation on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, both in the classroom and out. 

The Committee consists of up to 15 active members, including students, faculty, and staff. A faculty chairperson is appointed by the Department Chair and the Committee also votes internally each year on a student co-chair (2nd year graduate student or above). Meetings occur monthly, with the goal of reviewing progress on current projects, setting priorities for future efforts, and being an active group poised to participate in departmental EDI initiatives broadly. 


  • Consulted on development of new learning objectives to accompany the new school-wide competency on EDI.
  • Provided guidance to the Curriculum Committee on tools for assessing EDI and classroom climate in student evaluations.
  • Developed a EDI Glossary of terms to encourage affirming, informed, and supportive conversations throughout the department.
  • Met with external evaluators to discuss issues of EDI as part of a school-wide EDI assessment.
  • Supported programming for diverse students entering the Department. 
  • Hosted a mental health specialist as part of an effort to encourage Department conversations about balancing mental and emotional health with academic work.
  • Efforts to provide comprehensive anti-racism and EDI training to faculty and staff, with an emphasis on these topics and the field of epidemiology.
  • Collaboration with department leadership to encourage incorporation of more EDI discussion into forums for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Serving as a source of information about SPH and UW-led EDI initiatives.
  • Providing guidance and support for student/faculty/staff concerns about EDI within the department, in general or based on experiences.

We currently have vacancies on the EDI Committee, and we are seeking faculty, staff and students who would like to serve as members for the 2019-20 academic year. Your input is invaluable, and it is extremely important that our committee represents the diverse voices of our department. 

What is the time commitment?
The committee meets on a monthly 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.
How do I apply? 
Send an email to the EDI chair ( telling us a little bit about yourself and why you would like to join the EDI committee (max 200 words).
We look forward to hearing from you! 
Your Epidemiology EDI Committee