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 an ethnic minority on their UW application will receive GO-MAP’s student programming information. New students should receive their first GO-MAP email in early September. If you are not on the listserv and would like to be included in the messaging, please email gomap@uw.edu.

Please note: Programming is listed in sequence with the academic year.

GO-MAP Summer Social

New and continuing students are invited to our Summer Social at Optimism Brewing Company! This is an excellent 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 can learn tips and tricks for succeeding in their first year at the New Student Orientation, 4–7 p.m.

The reception runs 7–10 p.m. It is our most well-attended event of the year, and all new and continuing graduate students interested in fostering a more diverse campus are welcome to come together, break bread, mingle and dance!  Please save the date: Friday, October 12, 2018!

GO-MAP Power Hours

The GO-MAP Power Hour Series provides opportunities for featured UW faculty and community leaders to discuss topics relevant to graduate student success and post-graduate professional opportunities. These student-driven conversations help students identify challenges in their academic and professional lives and share both their victories and strategies for success.




UW Graduate School Community Socials

For graduate students of color looking to build community in a safe space, GO-MAP is launching various Community Socials to deepen engagement with fellow graduate students, help build support networks, and unite affinity groups at the graduate level. Graduate students of color are invited to join us in meeting and connecting with others that identify with their racial/ethnic background(s). RSVP TODAY!

Prospective Student Days

Admitted prospective graduate students of color are invited to join GO-MAP for Prospective Student Days (PSDs). PSDs provide opportunities to learn about the network of support across campus for minoritized graduate students. PSDs include:

  • Student-led discussions on being a graduate student of color at UW
  • Information on campus resources including graduate housing, financial aid, fellowships and other student services
  • Opportunities to meet and network with prospective and current graduate students, faculty and staff

Please save the date: April 4 & 5, 2019!

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 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 performance. Cocktail attire is optional but encouraged. This is the last GO-MAP opportunity of the year to reconnect and say goodbye to those completing their masters and doctoral degrees. Please save the date: Thursday, May 24, 2018!

Staying Connected

What is Staying Connected?

SC is an off-campus social mixer 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 this happy hour. This is a no-host gathering. No speakers or nametags “just a good olé” fashioned way to meet POCs!

Once a month on first Fridays

Join our Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) every first Friday of the month for an evening of networking and fun with graduate students across disciplines. Take a break from your academic stress and stay connected with fellow colleagues at a Capitol Hill hot spot.


  • Friday November 2, 2018 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. |TBD
  • Friday December 7, 2018 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. |TBD


  • Friday February 1, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | TBD
  • Friday March 1, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | TBD


  • Friday April 5, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. |TBD
  • Friday May 3, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | TBD

Real Talk Tuesdays

GO-MAP and the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) join together to organize Real Talk Tuesdays (RTT) — 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.


  • Tuesday October 23, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday November 13, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday November 27, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday December 11, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129


  • Tuesday January 22, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday February 12, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday February 26, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday March 12, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129


  • Tuesday April 9, 2019| 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday April 23, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday May 14, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129
  • Tuesday May 28, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | CMU 129

MLK Day of Service

GO-MAP and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) invite you to observe and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to join in a community service project organized in partnership with United Way of King County. Please save the date: Monday, January 21, 2019!

  • More information on MLK Day of Service >

Mangels Lecture Series

The Mary Ann and John Mangels Endowed Lecture Series brings scholarship and research relevant to current social, cultural and academic issues. The Mangels Lectures feature minoritized scholars and thinkers from a range of disciplines. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, online registration is required to guarantee seats.