Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mission Statement

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (DEI) of the Department of Economics at the University of Washington aims to foster an inclusive environment for all community members, especially for students of historically underrepresented groups, for whom access has systematically been limited.  
To address these issues, we work to: 

  • Increase access and awareness of the Economics Undergraduate Program to students who are directly affiliated with the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity suite of outreach & support programs (Educational Opportunity Program, TRIO SSS, College Assistance Migrant Program, and the Champions Program). We aim to support students who identify as historically underrepresented minority students, economically disadvantaged students, first-generation college students, students from migrant & seasonal migrant families, as well as students who identify as alumni of the foster care system and/or identify as unaccompanied homeless youth.
  • Support Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity students in introductory-level Economics coursework, by providing academic advising support, exam review sessions, and tutoring.
  • Empower the faculty, staff, and students of the UW Department of Economics to nurture an inclusive environment.


  • Created dedicated quiz sections, or seats in quiz sections, in Econ 200 – Intro to Microeconomics and 201 – Intro to Macroeconomics for students in EOP program
  • Won a Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grant (2018-19), funds were used to

    • Hire a student assistant for the dedicated quiz sections

    • Put on our first Career Panel, #YouLookLikeAnEconomist, featuring BIPOC economics professionals

  • Created an Equity Assessment and Affirmative Action Statement to fulfill University requirements

  • Recently expand the committee to include undergraduate and graduate student representation

  • Currently undergoing systemic analysis of data from students who have enrolled in EOP sections

  • Participated in the 2021 Young, Gifted, & Black Conference, hosted by UW Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment.

Student Resources

Faculty & Staff Resources

External Resources

Committee Members

Contact us at: econdei@uw.edu

Melissa Knox
DEI Committee Chair
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Economics 

Ellen Gregoire
Outreach & Communications Manager, Department of Economics 

Alan Griffith
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Thomas Holland
DEI Graduate Student Assistant

Muhamedarifeine Manhsour
Counseling Services Coordinator, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Dennis O’Dea
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Economics

Patrick Pineda
Academic Counselor - Senior, Undergraduate Program, Department of Economics

Zhane Spates
DEI Undergraduate Student Representative

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.