Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

About OMA&D

About OMA&D

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Minority Affairs and 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 and Diversity spans over 40 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. Since 1968:

  • The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity has served over 40,000 underrepresented minority, educationally and economically disadvantaged students
  • The percentage of students of color enrolled at UW Seattle has increased from 4.0 percent in 1968 to 35.2 percent in 2014
  • Undergraduate, graduate and professional students of color at UW Seattle numbered 15,229 in Autumn 2014


At the University of Washington and around the state, our student programs serve:

  • Over 16,000 K-12 students and 500 community college students as they prepare and plan for college, in collaboration with local school districts and community partners throughout Washington state
  • Over 5,000 undergraduate students with new student orientation, academic advising, instructional support, mentoring and financial aid and scholarship needs
  • 250 students as they prepare for, apply to, and succeed in graduate and professional programs

2016-17 OMA&D Fact Sheet