The mission of the University of Washington Tacoma is in large part to serve those who have been long denied higher education. That includes working class students, students of color and, more than any other group, black youth. Through the Center's research facility, our aim is to meticulously study and build a better understanding of the dimensions of the racial and economic crises in our community and nationally; to organize and collaborate with community organizations; and to coordinate events and research to address these challenges. We are also focused broadly on the issues of human rights and conflict resolution, curbing police brutality, and stemming domestic violence. We work in partnerships with local community such as the Tacoma Urban League and the African American Financial Capability Initiative Project. Be sure and check out recent articles in the Tacoma Weekly featuring our faculty and community work to alleviate economic inequality.

We have a nonviolence initiative to restore friendship, collaboration, and grace within the human community. We partner with Meaningful Movies to educate people about a broad range of issues.  Of special interest, see the preview for the Center's film, Love and Solidarity: James Lawson and Nonviolence in Search for Workers' Rights, copyrighted by the University of Washington and distributed nationally by Bullfrog Films. Also available for campus, union and community screenings -- for more information, contact Center Director Michael Honey, mhoney@uw.edu

Research Theme for 2018-19:
Among other themes for 2018-19, the Center emphasizes the intersection of social justice, nonviolence and community studies.  In our era of conflict-incitement, this emphasis includes conflict resolution, in partnership with groups interested in lowering the level of violence in our communities.  

On Tuesday May 2nd, 2018, we gathered for Dr Honey's presentation on his recent book, 
To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice, which became available on the anniversary of his Promised Land speech in Memphis, April 3rd. He took questions along with a panel of community members and Professor Paul Ortiz, a visiting author and faculty member of the University of Florida.

Photo taken by staff of The UWT Ledger

Professor Paul Ortiz also stayed May 3rd, where he gave a presentation on his book, An African American and Latinx History of the United States. Ortiz highlights the often neglected history of African American, Latinx, and indigenous peoples and their role in shaping the United States.

Photo taken by Olga Subbotin

Research Theme for 2016-17: “Black Lives and Economic Justice Matter

January 28, 2016: the University of Washington Faculty Senate passed Class C Bulletin No. 548 Concerning “Black Lives Matter” Statement.
It can be found on the Faculty Senate website.

                                                                                               Photo taken by staff of The UWT Ledger