UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity E-news
March 2009

From the Vice President and Vice Provost

Sheila Edwards Lange
Sheila Edwards Lange

Greetings alumni and friends,
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity E-newsletter. Our mission is to ensure the access and academic success of a diverse student population through the advancement of knowledge, academic excellence and diversity. We also work to ensure that the UW recruits, promotes and retains an excellent and diverse faculty. Additionally, we explore opportunities that allow us to collaborate with community partners, alumni and friends. More ...

Around Campus

2007 Leadership Retreat

Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion
For 36 years the Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) has been a driving force to recruit, retain, educate and graduate underrepresented students at the University of Washington. Since 1972, this “home away from home” has created a vibrant and positive campus climate that allows students to maximize their educational and student life experiences. More ...

House of Knowledge rendering

A Dream 35 Years in the Making:
The House of Knowledge
With tribal and community support, the UW moves forward on building the House of Knowledge. This longhouse-style structure, reminiscent of the traditional dwelling and ceremonial structures of the Northwest coastal tribes, will be a gathering place offering hospitality and warmth to Native American students and people of all cultures. More ...

Celebrating Diversity

40 Under 40 ... a Sneak Peek
To celebrate 40 years of diversity at the UW, the spring 2009 issue of Viewpoints will feature 40 emerging leaders under age 40. Chosen from an outstanding pool of nominees, these successful alums not only used OMA&D services while at the University, but remain committed to diversity today. Want to know who they are? Get a sneak peek now ....

Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Professor Biren (Ratnesh) Nagda will present the 2009 Samuel E. Kelly Lecture on April 23. Dr. Nagda is on the faculty of the UW School of Social Work and is internationally renowned for his Intergroup Dialogue model which promotes social inclusion and group interaction. More ...

Celebration 2009 logo

FEOP Celebration 2009
This year's Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program (FEOP) Celebration will take place on May 13 in the HUB Ballroom, UW Seattle campus. Celebration, the University's longest-standing diversity event, highlights the academic success of EOP students and recognizes the Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient. More ...

W. Ron Allen

2009 Odegaard Award Recipient
W. Ron Allen, chairman and chief executive director of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, is this year's Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient, an honor given to an individual or group whose leadership sustains former UW President Odegaard's work on behalf of diversity at the University and the citizens of the state. More ...

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Alumni Connections
is a great way for alumni to connect to the UW and OMA&D. At Alumni Connections, you can update your contact information, attach personal photos, share interesting life stories and more, all online. Get connected now!

Culture & the Arts
OMA&D, in partnership with UW World Series at Meany Hall and with generous support from Dr. Gary and Christine Kimura, recently hosted a pre-performance reception for the Kodo Taiko drum group of Japan. The event was attended by the vice consul for Japan, prominent community members, UW alumni and faculty. Our collaboration with UW World Series allows us to raise awareness of multicultural performances in Seattle and in the arts, and to promote the UW's many cultural resources. More ...

Event Photos
Check out some of our recent events. You just might find someone you know! See photos ...

If you would like to have your event featured on this Web page, or to obtain photographs seen on this site, contact OMA&D Community and Public Relations at cpromad@u.washington.edu.

Upcoming Events

Spring Pow Wow
April 10-12
The annual Spring Pow Wow is scheduled for April 10-12 at the Bank of America Hec-Edmundson Pavilion. More ...

Alumni Remix and Recognition
June 5, 6-9 p.m. 
An evening of music and networking as we honor 40 under 40 OMA&D alumni who are making a difference. More ...

OMA&D Alumni Homecoming
Oct. 23, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Be part of Homecoming 2009 and OMA&D's first annual Alumni Homecoming Scholarship Gala. More ...

Eastern Washington Reception
Evening reception and program for Eastern Washington scholars who have participated in OMA&D pre-college programs. More ...

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Pride Points

  • The UW is one of only 14 schools in the nation to receive an A-minus on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, which was the highest grade given for 2009.
  • The UW enrolls more than 2,600 international students from more than 100 countries. The 11,232 international students studying in the state of Washington last year contributed more than $256 million to the state’s economy.

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