The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.
The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) has its roots in student-led activism and society’s calls for equity and change. On May 20, 1968, members of the Black Student Union and their supporters occupied the office of UW President Charles E. Odegaard. The activists demanded an increase in minority student enrollment, an increase in minority faculty and administrators and the establishment of a program in Black studies. UW administration responded by establishing what at the time was known as the Office of Special Student Programs (renamed the Office of Minority Affairs in 1970). This new office was given dedicated funds, a clear mandate and a visionary vice president, Dr. Samuel E. Kelly. An inspired leader who was also the first African American senior administrator at the UW, Dr. Kelly helped open doors for hundreds of underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged students. Many of the innovative programs he and his staff developed nearly 50 years ago continue to this day.
We create pathways for diverse populations to access postsecondary opportunities, nurture and support their academic success, and cultivate a campus climate that enriches the educational experience for all.
We are leaders in advancing equity for underrepresented groups in higher education, and build from our legacy of advocacy to promote broad inclusion and enact positive change.
Excellence – We follow the highest standards of quality as practitioners, researchers and staff who serve American Indian/Alaska Native, underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged populations, and those who are first in their families to attend college. We hold each other accountable to model diversity, engage in creative thinking to advance new and powerful ideas, and act with integrity and compassion.
Equity – We embrace and find strength in the diversity of our campus and surrounding community. We are committed to providing students, faculty and staff the tools and resources needed to be successful.
Access – We design multiple pathways for opportunity and success.
Community – We create a supportive and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff.
Social Justice – We raise consciousness and advance critical thinking about racial equity, broad inclusion and diversity.
Innovation – We challenge ourselves to be an innovative leader in higher education. We seek new and cutting-edge programs that promote access, equity and inclusion.
Our programs serve:
- Over 21,000 students in 109 districts, 182 schools and 13 community colleges throughout the state of Washington as they prepare and plan for college
- Over 5,000 UW undergraduate students with new student orientation, academic advising, instructional support, mentoring, financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- 250 students as they prepare for, apply to, and succeed in graduate and professional programs
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