UW Dream Project


December 30, 2015

Mentors “Teach” Gates Foundation US Postsecondary Team Members

By Karl Gapuz, Community Partnerships Co-Lead On July 14, eight Dream Project mentors, leaders and former mentees presented to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success team, leading a part of their strategic leadership retreat. The presentation, which occurred at the Gates Foundation headquarters in downtown Seattle, included over 50 program officers and administrators…

Meet Our 2015-2016 AmeriCorps Duo: Nadine and MaryMargaret

Nadine Mortell spent 8 quarters in the Dream Project.  During her time, Nadine served as a mentor and High School Lead at Kent-Meridian High School and on the Steering Committee as the Leadership Development Portfolio.  She graduated June 2015 with a double major in Sociology and Communication. Nadine also spent time during her undergraduate career…

February 18, 2015

The Dream Project: No Better Team to Play For

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Megan Whitman | Advancement Lead Before I became the Advancement Lead for the Dream Project, I was one of the Ingraham High School Leads. In my time as a High School Lead we would often ask our mentors to write us letters sometimes detailing their experiences as a mentor, sometimes listing their concerns and questions…

January 26, 2015

From Mentee to Mentor and Beyond


Written by Audrey Lawrence Already on her way to a career in education, UW sophomore Meili Powell credits the Dream Project with helping define her path. Adopted from China at an early age, Powell’s adoptive mother was a consistent figure of support throughout her childhood. Her mom remarried when she was in 2nd grade and during Powell’s freshman year of…

April 29, 2014

Mentee of the Week – Brenda Nguyen, Dream Achieved!


My name is Brenda Nguyen. I am a first generation college-bound student, raised from Vietnamese parents. My parents immigrated to the U.S., and had to adapt to the culture American culture.  I on the other hand, was lucky enough to have been born here.  Yet growing up, I faced the conflicts between cultures and the…

April 20, 2014

An Experience as an AERA Undergraduate Fellow


By Nesley Bravo, UW student It is hard for me to grasp that less than a week ago I was surrounded by colleagues with a mutual passion in education research and was “fan girling” professors who do research on questions I’ve only dreamed of. As of one in 24 American Education Research Association (AERA) Undergraduate…

April 17, 2014

A Spring Preview for 2014 – New Mentees, BBQ’s, and more!


The cherry blossoms were in full bloom last week, the songbirds are out, and University of Washington students are starting their Spring quarter classes.  Are you taking part in the Dream project this quarter?  We can already tell it’s going to be an exciting Spring quarter.  Here are a couple of things to look forward…

March 11, 2014

A Year in Review, and a Year to Start New – Join the DP Movement

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It’s so much more than 2 credits.  Meeting new people.  Changing lives.  Making dreams of the future reality.  And of course, those extra 2 credits are always nice.  But the Dream Project is so much more than a college course.  It’s a community.  A team.  A family.  And in our team of mentors, mentees, and…

March 9, 2014

Looking Ahead – New Initiative Within the Dream Project!


By Elizabeth Parker and Amrita Heer Elizabeth is the Scholarship Selection Committee Lead and the College and Career Readiness Program Director. She has been in the Dream Project for 10 quarters and has mentored at Global, Foster, and Ingraham. She is a senior, double-majoring in Math and Spanish. Amrita is the Program Support Coordinator. She…

March 5, 2014

Dream Project Named a Finalist in Road Map Project Awards Ceremony!


  We are excited to announce the University of Washington Dream Project has recently been named a finalist in the inaugural Road Map Project Awards Program!  Our dedication and commitment to increase equity and eliminate opportunity gaps for students in South King County and South Seattle has been recognized for the lifelong impacts being made everyday,…

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