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    With one of the most culturally diverse curricula offered at the University of Washington, we listen to often-neglected perspectives to transform stories and experiences into action for change.

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    Why AES?

    We value passion and compassion and work to empower our students to explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, difference and power.

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    Serving our communities

    Known for our civic participation, we emphasize strengthening our communities on- and off-campus through meaningful engagement.

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    Through an interdisciplinary approach to social justice, theory and practice, we are committed to examining societal structures through scholarship and activism.

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    Discover your path

    Our students are prepared to be the next generation of leaders in their fields and our alumni thrive in careers that build relationships across diverse communities.

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Welcome to American Ethnic Studies

AES is a multidisciplinary department that provides students with a foundation in race and ethnic studies and opportunities to work with local communities. Our academic philosophy is grounded in social justice values and practices that seek to eliminate systemic racism and inequalities. We offer a major with four areas of concentration and a Diversity Minor.

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