Diversity & Equal Opportunity

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


commitment to diversity

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

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.


Diversity Recruitment and Retention Council

The Diversity Recruitment and Retention Council for the Academic Programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is an advisory group in service of the Department’s commitment to nurture an open and inclusive learning environment that welcomes and fosters the development of a diverse student body.

The Council reflects the Department's dedication to this purpose and our value of diversity. We recognize the importance of preparing rehabilitation professionals from a variety of backgrounds to best meet the rehabilitation needs of our increasingly diverse population.

The Council meets a minimum of twice per year. The Council's primary goals are to:

  • Advise and support the Department in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body.

  • Assist the Department in the ongoing development of an open and inclusive learning environment.

  • Identify resources and strategies that support these goals.

Equal Opportunity

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™ 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, 7days 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.


Department of rehabilitation medicine Diversity Recruitment and Retention Council

The Diversity Recruitment and Retention Council 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 Diversity Council. 


University of Washington Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UW-NURF)

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 Mical 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 Liasion: Max Hurwitz, DO


University of Washington School of Medicine's 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 Minority Affairs & Diversity

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.


University of Washington Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program

The University of Washington Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement 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.



Health 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. For more information on the DSO, please visit http://www.washington.edu/admin/dso/index.html.