UW News

October 11, 2001

African-American profs to give talks

A new outreach program developed by the premier African-American men’s social service organization in Seattle and the UW is aimed at establishing greater links between the African-American community and the UW, with the goal of attracting more African-American students to the UW.

The Breakfast Group and the UW are inaugurating a two-year series of monthly Education Forums throughout the city, featuring African-American members of the UW faculty. All forums are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The first forum, Oct. 18 at Garfield High School, features Quintard Taylor, professor of history.

The forums provide an opportunity for students thinking about college to learn from the experiences of a successful African-American faculty member, according to Stephanie Miller, assistant director of student outreach and community relations in the UW Office of Admissions. Faculty members will be discussing their own personal history as well as the kind of research that they do. “In addition, we’ll also be providing information about the admissions process, preparation for college, costs and financial aid,” she says.

Other UW speakers include Sandra Walker, psychiatry; Valerie Curtis-Newton, drama; Ed Miles, marine affairs; Maurice Green, information school; Kathleen Fearn-Banks, communications; Ed Taylor, education; and Douglas Jackson, dentistry.

The forums are part of a series of initiatives undertaken by the Breakfast Group/UW Education Task Force to build stronger ties between the University and the African-American Community.

For more information, contact Roger Grant with the Education Task Force, 206-522-6756.