The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is a part of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington (UW). The UW is an institution committed to promoting respect for the rights and privileges of all, understanding and appreciation of human differences and the constructive expression of ideas.


  • Track diversity efforts within the School
  • Find new ways of recruiting diverse, especially underrepresented minority faculty, staff and students
  • Seek to find and remove barriers to diversity at the School
  • Create partnerships with and learn best practices from other diversity efforts, both on and off campus
  • Involve diverse members of the School in leadership and mentorship

With broad input and endorsement by all School faculty, a school-specific diversity plan is created annually to increase the diversity of the graduate student population. The plan for the following academic year is posted each January, following a faculty vote.


Sarah Converse, associate professor, 206-685-2315,
Brian J. Harvey, assistant professor, 206-685-9929,


  • Sarah Converse, co-chair and associate professor
  • Brian J. Harvey, co-chair and assistant professor
  • Michelle Trudeau, director of student services
  • Ernesto Alvarado, research assistant professor
  • Courtney Bobsin

Additional Resources

College of the Environment Diversity Resources for Faculty and Staff
Provides a list of resources including funding opportunities, hiring guidelines, and links to other resources.

UW Diversity Page
Provides a general UW diversity portal to the programs and efforts on and off campus, as well as resources for students, faculty and staff.

UW Tribal Relations
This UW Diversity web page centralizes Native American resources on the Seattle campus. There are pages for the Intellectual House and Tribal Leadership Summit. The Summit includes a Memorandum of Understanding between the Intertribal Timber Council and SEFS, which helps to provide scholarship support for qualified Tribal students.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program strives to increase the participation of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers with funding opportunities for individuals and organizations to help pursue these goals.

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
The ECC has a wealth of resources and opportunities available to students including student advising, organizational development, personal growth and referrals to different departments and programs.

UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
The mission of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to ensure the access and academic success of diverse populations through the advancement of knowledge, academic excellence, diversity and the promotion of values, principles and a climate that enriches the campus experience for all.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
MANRRS provides networks to support professional development of minorities.

Intertribal Timber Council
Established in 1976, the ITC is a nonprofit nation-wide consortium of Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and individuals dedicated to improving the management of natural resources of importance to Native American communities. Also provides student scholarships.

SEEDS is an education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to not only participate in ecology, but to lead.

Seattle Milk Fund
Seattle Milk Fund empowers parents toward higher education opportunities by funding child care grants and providing family support.


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