By actively recruiting trainees, fellows, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds, 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.

To help us accomplish these goals, our department has established the Rehabilitation Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Council.

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

REDI Council Leadership

REDI Goals:

  • Advise and support the department in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student/trainee body.
  • Academic Programs: Outreach activities such as the Health Sciences Recruitment collaborative
    • Holistic admissions policies and processes
  • Assist the Department in the ongoing development of an open and inclusive learning environment.
    • Student & residency program representation on REDI
    • EDI themed annual events
    • Diversity statements on all syllabi
    • Resource for students
  • Identify resources and strategies that support these goals.
    • Seed grants
    • Collaborative efforts with School of Medicine efforts - SHPEP (Summer Health Professions Education Program)
    • Participation in quarterly meeting for departmental diversity leaders organized by Graduate School’s Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity and GO-MAP

REDI History

Debbie Kartin chaired the Diversity Recruitment and Retention council (DRRC) from 2007-2017.

In 2019 the DRRC changed its name to the Rehabilitation Equity Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Council of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine to reflect the continually evolving conceptualization of diversity and inclusion

REDI Resources

The University of Washington and UW Medicine offer an array of resources and programs to encourage and celebrate diversity.

The UW Department of Medicine offers diversity councils, events, resources and more.

The University of Washington 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.

The University of Washington Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE) program is a division of the University of Washington that is committed to serving the needs of students of color and those from underrepresented groups, while providing opportunities for all students to learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.

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.

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.

Many rehabilitation organizations devote resources to encouraging diversity in the profession. They provide links to scholarship opportunities and other resources for individuals from minority backgrounds. Search the websites below to access additional resources:

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