March 27, 2012

Students and Alumni Connect at Diversity Career Networking Night

By Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, in partnership with the UW Alumni Association, hosted a Diversity Career Networking Night at the UW Tower, March 7. Students were able to mingle and connect with alumni in a variety of professional fields, gaining information about pursuing jobs in their chosen careers.

Lull Mengesha, ’06, ’10, served as moderator for a panel discussion that included Ron Beard, ’90, ’93; Dr. Danelle Reed, ‘92; and Rogelio Riojas, ’73, ’77. Beard, who received his bachelor’s degree in communications and a juris doctor degree from the UW School of Law, is a shareholder with Lane Powell Attorneys & Counselors. A Puyallup tribal member, Dr. Reed is the program director for the Kwowachee Counseling Center at the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW. Riojas is the chief executive officer of Sea Mar Community Health Centers. He received bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics, and a master’s degree in health administration.

Also offering remarks during the event were Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange and Executive Director of the UW Alumni Association Paul Rucker.

Following the panel discussion, students were able to network one-on-one with several other alumni in attendance.

View a photo gallery here.

Photos by Ian Gonzales

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