Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

December 1, 2014

Rev. Jesse Jackson to Speak at UW Tuesday

Jesse Jackson-Brown BackgroundThe Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and former presidential candidate, will visit the University of Washington to discuss the importance of diversity in the technology industry at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Kane Hall (Room 130).

Jackson will speak about increasing the number of women and minorities who work in technology fields, as well as topics of civil rights and student engagement in the public policy process. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Jesse Jackson to our campus and look forward to this rare opportunity to hear from one of the great civil rights leaders of our time,” UW Provost Ana Mari Cauce said. “The University of Washington recognizes the need for a greater diverse workforce in technology, computer science and engineering. We take a great deal of pride in preparing underrepresented minority and female students for this work through several programs here on campus and in K-12 schools throughout the state. We are excited to build upon this foundation as we continue to collaborate in our efforts to create a diverse pipeline into these fields.”

Tickets for this event have sold out. Ticketholders are advised to arrive early to be seated by 6:15 p.m. A limited number of free stand-by tickets may become available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:15 p.m. Those wishing to gain stand-by entrance are advised to arrive early to wait in line.

A live webcast of the event will be available.

This event is presented by the UW Office of the Provost and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity in collaboration with UW campus partners and the Seattle Urban League.