2009 MAP Bridging the Gap Breakfast Award Recipients

The Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award recipient:

Jerry Large, staff columnist at The Seattle Times, writes columns Monday and Thursday that focus on topics related to race, gender and class. His columns reflect the mission of MAP and the legacy of the late Dr. Samuel E. Kelly, ’71, as they enrich and inform readers about diversity, inclusion and the understanding of differences in our community, society and world.

Distinguished Community Award

Dorry Elias-Garcia is executive director of the Minority Executive Directors Coalition of King County. Her contributions to social justice and economic opportunity date to the 1970s and the founding of El Centro de la Raza, as well as key programs at the Atlantic Street Center. She co-chairs the King County Human Services Levy Oversight Board and serves on other nonprofit and public agency boards as well.

Vice Provost for Diversity Community Building Award recipient:

Michelle Habell-Pallan, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Women Studies Department and an adjunct in the School of Music. Her book, Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture (NYU Press, 2005) received an MLA book prize honorable mention. In her role as guest curator of the award-winning traveling exhibit American Sabor: U.S. Latinos in Popular Music, a collaboration between the University of Washington and The Experience Music Project Museum, she is engaged in developing public humanities projects. She is also a past recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Research Award as well as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Research Award for her research and writing on gender, popular music and culture. Her new book, Beat Migration: Chicano/a Roots/Routes of American Pop Music is currently in-progress.

Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients:

Marty Bluewater, ’71, has been executive director of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation since June 2008. A graduate of the UW School of Business, he served as director of the UW’s College Work-Study Program and is a past director of the Seattle Indian Service Commission.

Bettie Sing Luke, ’64, is an educator and activist who co-chaired the revival of a “Day of Remembrance” that resulted in a much-publicized art installation commemorating Japanese Americans who served their country during World War II. She also led efforts to oppose racial profiling by police in Eugene, Ore.

Diane A. Martin, ’74, ’80, is associate director of career services at the UW. For nearly three decades, she has guided and helped to sustain two UW student organizations, the Association of Black Business Students and the National Society of Black Engineers. In addition, she has made numerous contributions as a leader and board member of MAP.

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