Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

June 5, 2012

ECC Director’s Breakfast Series Cultivates Student Leaders

When Marisa Herrera began her tenure as the director of OMA&D’s Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, she sought to enhance the level of resources provided to students who are rising leaders in their campus organizations and communities by establishing the Director’s Leadership Breakfast series.

The monthly breakfasts include a guest speaker and cover a variety of topics geared towards student leaders and registered student organizations. The events give students the chance to learn from and engage with established professionals in their respective fields, while honing their leadership skills and preparing for future leadership opportunities.

April’s breakfast, the third in the series, featured the theme, “Morale and Motivating Teams” and focused on tips for motivating team members, keeping morale high and succession planning. Ink Aleaga, former UW and NFL football player and current academic advisor with UW Athletics, was the featured speaker. The event also included a guest appearance from Dubs, the Huskies’ mascot.

Attendees of the ECC Director’s Leadership Breakfast held in April pose with Husky mascot, Dubs.

Previous breakfast topics included “Mentoring Emerging Leaders and Succession Planning” with Jose Iniguez (associate editor of the MTV Act Blog) and “Community and Civic Engagement” with Darryl Smith (Seattle Deputy Mayor).

The breakfast series will continue during the winter and spring quarters next year.

For more information about the Director’s Leadership Breakfasts, contact Jessica Hunnicutt, ECC Coordinator for Leadership Programs, at or 206-543-4635.