Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Looking up at the Space Needle past red and yellow glass at Chihuly Garden.

We believe that diversity is essential for excellence and health equity. 

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The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine strives to prepare rehabilitation professionals to work successfully and in partnership with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  Learners are taught in the classroom and through practical experiences the importance of valuing individual and cultural differences. We actively recruit learners, fellows, and faculty with diverse backgrounds and multiple perspectives. We strive to achieve representation of the diverse multifaceted communities we serve. We are committed to cultivating inclusive environments throughout all programs and activities.

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.

Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity & Inclusion  Committee

The Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Committee is an advisory group in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. The mission of the REDI Committee is:

By actively recruiting trainees, fellows, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds, among them race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, and disability status, we strive to achieve representation of the diverse multifaceted community we serve. 

We are committed to cultivating diversity in our trainees, staff and faculty through mentorship, outreach, and recruitment activities, and by fostering the development and interchange of ideas among diverse viewpoints within our classrooms and seminars.

The REDI Committee's goals are to: 

  • Advise and support the Department in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student/trainee body.
  • Holistic admissions policies and processes.
  • Identify resources and strategies that support these goals.

The REDI Committee has a quarterly group meeting, and the co-chairs meet monthly.


The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

Cultural Competency


The EthnoMed site contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.


Culture Clues

Culture Clues™ (requires UW Medicine intranet access) are tip sheets for clinicians. They are designed to increase awareness about concepts and preferences of patients from the diverse cultures served by University of Washington Medical Center.


Harborview Medical Center Interpreter Services

Interpreter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for more than 90 languages. Harborview Medical Center has a long history of caring for patients who have an array of language and communication needs. It is part of our mission. Interpreters are certified through the State of Washington and can assist with barriers related to language and culture.


Community House Calls Program

Community House Calls (CHC) is a program of Harborview Medical Center’s (HMC) Interpreter Services Community House Calls serves limited English proficient patients, families and communities who receive health care at HMC.  Bilingual/bicultural caseworker/cultural mediators provide same language services for patients facing complex medical and social circumstances and serve as liaisons to their respective communities.



Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Committee  is comprised of community clinicians, students in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and University faculty members, who represent a wide range of personal and professional perspectives.
We invite all interested students, residents, fellows, and faculty members to become members of the REDI Committee. 


UW-NURF: University of Washington Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows 

UW-NURF is a resident and fellow run organization founded in the Fall of 2010. The organization is a diverse body of residents, fellows and faculty representing all specialties. UW-NURF is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI). Our aim is to promote cultural diversity in medicine through community involvement, mentorship, professional networking, and recruitment of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in Medicine. 

Current PM&R resident UW-NURF Diversity Liaison: Max Hurwitz, DO


University of Washington School of Medicine Center for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The University of Washington's Center for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CEDI) is a resource for cultural competency and diversity in the School of Medicine. CEDI offers educational materials, databases and CMEs.


University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity website provides information on college planning and preparation, services for University of Washington students, as well as University programs and initiatives that promote curriculum, faculty and staff diversity.


University of Washington Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence 

The University of Washington Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE) has been housed in the University of Washington’s Graduate School since 1970. We take pride in focusing on graduate students of color across all disciplines and campuses. While GSEE’s events and programming are geared towards graduate students of color, they are open to all University of Washington graduate students, faculty and staff, especially those interested in supporting and increasing a racially diverse graduate student population.


Healthy Sciences Center Minority Student Program

The Health Sciences Center Minority Student Program seeks to increase diversity at each level of academia by helping to bridge subsequent levels of academic training from undergraduate to professional and graduate. Services include graduate and professional school application assistance, resume editing, interview preparation, academic advising and counseling, and undergraduate research opportunities.


Disability Services Office

In addition, the University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) at (206) 543-6450/V, (206) 543-6452/TTY, (206) 685-7264 (FAX), or e-mail dso@uw.edu at least ten days in advance. 


Bias Reporting Tool - University of Washington

The University of Washington values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, strives to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and promotes access and opportunity.

The UW is committed to freedom of expression, and with that commitment comes the recognition that members of our community might hold and express sometimes-unpopular views. UW President Ana Mari Cauce has affirmed our steadfast commitment to these values in a blog post and comments to the campus community.