SMEA Students at Portage Bay

As part of the University of Washington, the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs recognizes that it exists upon the lands of the Coast Salish peoples, which touch the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Duwamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. We recognize the importance of reflecting upon our privileges as a higher educational, research institution existing on these lands by engaging with Native campus groups and tribal initiatives.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of our community and teachings at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. An interdisciplinary school should not only work across academic disciplines, but center and value diverse lived experiences. SMEA students, faculty, and staff bring a breadth of backgrounds and experiences into our shared spaces, and SMEA welcomes and supports all members of our community, regardless of race, Indigeneity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexuality, age, class, national origin, physical and mental ability, veteran status, or religious affiliation.

At SMEA, we strive to strengthen our students’ ability to identify issues, frame questions, and bound problems that span social and natural sciences, environmental humanities, resource stewardship, and environmental justice. Diversity in our community fosters deeper understandings of cultural traditions and histories that influence environmental thought and action. Students also build critical and analytic thinking skills; explore how marine and environmental policies may perpetuate inequality; develop interdisciplinary frameworks and methodologies; and encourage an intellectual community that challenges bias and prejudice, power and structure, within and beyond our disciplines. By incorporating underrepresented ideas, experiences, and perspectives, whether through coursework, community engagement, or research, we can better critique and expand our understanding of the human dimensions of marine and environmental affairs, and further our ability to arrive at more effective solutions to the complex problems we collectively face across our planet.


“Native campus groups”

“Tribal initiatives”

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