UW Graduate School

Programming and Events

While GO-MAP events and programming are geared toward graduate students of color, they are open to all UW graduate students, faculty and staff, especially those interested in supporting and increasing a racially diverse graduate student population.

Current UW graduate students who self-identified as a racial or ethnic minority on their UW application will receive weekly GO-MAP emails. New graduate students of color should receive their first GO-MAP email in mid-September. If you are not on the listserv and would like to be added, please email gomap@uw.edu.

GO-MAP Summer Social

New and continuing graduate students of color are invited to our Summer Social at Optimism Brewing Company! This is a casual and fun opportunity to meet new friends and collaborators, strengthen community and share a beautiful Seattle summer day.

Getting Connected—New Student Orientation and Reception

Through engagement with our expert panels of faculty and graduate students of color, incoming graduate students learn tips and tricks for succeeding in their first year at the New Student Orientation, 3–5 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

The Reception runs 6–8:30 p.m. It is our most well-attended event of the year and all new and continuing graduate students of color interested in fostering a more diverse campus are welcome to come together, break bread, mingle and dance!

GO-MAP Power Hours

GO-MAP Power Hours are designed with introspective and professional growth in mind. Master’s and doctoral students of color have an opportunity to be a part of 1.5 hour interactive discussions surrounding topics that are unique to their academic and professional journeys. Featured UW faculty and community leaders in support of graduate student success lead these discussions with the goal of creating a supportive community. Graduate students of color gather to discuss commonly identified challenges and concerns, share victories and triumphs, and brainstorm creative strategies. Topics range from leadership development, self-care, overcoming the imposter syndrome, countering microaggressions, and negotiating salary.

As one student emphasized, graduate school can be a “lonely journey”. Taking some time to connect and talk with others is restoring and rejuvenating. At the Power Hour, “my soul was fed,” she adds. Access more info here >



  • Battling Burnout with Better Self-Care TBA
  • Power Dynamics in the Academy
  • How to Prepare for an Academic Career


  • Finance 501 – Equity, Wealth & Shoestring Budgets
  • Navigating Anti-Blackness in Communities of Color
  • Navigating Homophobia in Communities of Color

UW Graduate School Community Connection

For faculty and graduate students of color looking to build community in a safe space, GO-MAP has launched a new community connection opportunity to deepen engagement with fellow graduate students and faculty, help build support networks, and unite affinity groups at the graduate level. Faculty and graduate students of color are invited to join us in meeting and connecting with others that identify with their racial/ethnic background(s).

Prospective Student Days

Please note!

Prospective Student Days (PSDS) has been changed to a virtual visit day. 

Virtual PSDs Schedule

In keeping your health and safety our top priority, we have decided to cancel GO-MAP’s in person Prospective Student Days. Instead, we have created a virtual visit for admitted prospective students on April 2 and 3. GO-MAP will be hosting live Q&As that will highlight graduate students of color and the GO-MAP community while helping answer any questions students may have about being a graduate student at the UW. 

Spring Reception

As part of PSDs, current graduate students of color, faculty and staff are invited to reconnect with each other and help GO-MAP welcome admitted prospective students to the University of Washington. Meet some of next year’s incoming class, share your experiences and tips about living in Seattle, and enjoy good food and great company!

Spring Soirée

This lively end-of-the-year event celebrates our students, especially those completing their graduate degrees! We invite all graduate students, faculty and staff to help us acknowledge another year of hard work and achievements through an evening of recognition, community, dinner, music, and a special student speech. Cocktail attire is optional but encouraged. This is the last GO-MAP event of the year to reconnect and say goodbye to those completing their master’s and doctoral degrees.

Please save the date: Thursday, May 21, 2020!

Staying Connected

Staying Connected are once a month off-campus social mixers hosted by our Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) meant for grad students of color to put themselves out there and meet new people. If you are interested in meeting new folks, come hangout at this happy hour. This is a no-host gathering. No speakers or nametags “just a good olé” fashioned way to meet POCs! Held Fridays from 5:30–7:30 p.m at Still Liquor in Capitol Hill.




Real Talk Tuesdays

GO-MAP and the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) join together to organize Real Talk Tuesdays — a safe space to engage in real talk about issues that impact graduate students of color. Topics rotate every discussion and students are welcome to bring the issues they face as POC graduate students. RTT are hosted on Tuesdays in CMU 129 from 12:30 – 2 p.m.


  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3


  • January 14
  • January 28
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 10
  • March 20


  • April 14
  • April 28
  • May 12
  • May 26

MLK Day of Service

GO-MAP invites you to observe and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to join a community service project organized in partnership with the Danny Woo Community Garden.

  • 2020 MLK Day of Service TBA

Graduate School Public Lecture Series

The Office of Public Lectures is hosting a myriad of interdisciplinary speakers who will encourage us to consider secret wars, investigate privacy questions in the age of smart technology, reflect on the fight for social justice, explore the meaning of success and more. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, online registration is required to guarantee seats.