Our Vision:

The Student DEI Committee’s vision is to nurture a community where all FIRST Washington students can reach their full potential. Our goal is to disrupt discriminatory systems through advocacy, education, awareness, and celebration. 

Our Mission:

FIRST Washington and the Student DEI Advisory Committee acknowledges that systemic inequities exist in nearly all facets of our lives, including education, STEM industries – and our FIRST Washington programs. Our community provides rich perspectives and experiences that arise from racial, ethnic, socio-economic, sexual, gender, disability and religious diversity, and it is our mission to support an equitable and welcoming environment for all. 

This Committee meets every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30pm – 5:15pm.

Sign up as a member or email Mara Kealey at marak@firstwa.org for more information.

Upcoming Events:

  • 6/26/2022 – Seattle PRIDE

    • All FIRST Washington Teams are welcome to march together in Seattle Pride. This event is organized by Issaquah Robotics Society and the Student DEI Committee. Limited to 200 participants, first come first serve. Sign your team up by June 10th here!
    • One adult representative (coach/mentor/parent chaperone) is required to submit a COVID-19 attestation form to represent all students attending from your team. Fill the form out here and email it to Julie Irwin at Julie3Irwin@gmail.com

Join Us!

We welcome and encourage students of diverse racial, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds to join the Committee.

If you are a FIRST Washington student and you want to collaborate with this empowering team of student leaders, consider joining us!

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Make Your Voice Heard!

If you are a FIRST Washington student, take the FIRST Washington CARES survey to help us get a better understanding of the FIRST Washington climate from the eyes of our students.

Your input is crucial to helping create a more equitable community for all!


Complete the Survey!


LGBTQ+ of FIRST Staff and Partner Teams represent us at FIRST competitions and events across the globe.

This is a national, student run organization that seeks to create a safe and educated space for LGBTQ+ members of the FIRST Robotics community. LGBTQ+ of FIRST consists of over 1,000 members and has presence in every FIRST region.

Learn More!