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 mission of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity is to ensure the access and academic success of diverse populations through the advancement of knowledge, academic excellence, diversity, and the promotion of values, principles, and a climate that enriches the campus experience for all.
The story of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) spans almost 50 years. On May 20, 1968, members of the Black Student Union and their supporters staged a sit-in at the office of UW President Charles Odegaard and submitted a list of demands. The demands included increased minority student enrollment at the UW and the establishment of a Black studies program. The BSU’s actions and President Odegaard’s response led to the establishment of student programs that increased minority outreach and enrollment and offered increased student support on campus. Dr. Samuel E. Kelly was named the first vice president of what was known then as the Office of Minority Affairs. Many of the innovative programs that he and his staff developed nearly 50 years ago continue to this day.
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