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  • Rosa RamirezRosa Ramirez

    Rosa is a UW graduate with a B.A. in Art History (’04). She completed her master’s degree in Public Administration (’11) and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Education. Rosa is the program services coordinator for OMA&D’s Ronald E. McNair and Early Identification Programs.

  • Janet Gates-CortezUniversity of Washington

    I am currently a principal in the Tacoma School District. My husband retired last June from the Army Reserves after four terms of deployment. He works for the state. We have two high school aged youth. Our daughter is a 10th grader and our son is a 12th grader who is hoping to be considered…

  • Gilberto ArroyoUniversity of Washington

    I went to the UW from 1978-80, as a graduate student, and returned in 1984 for my dissertation year. I received my Ph.D. degree in June 1985. I went to Seattle, a long way from my home in Puerto Rico, to complete graduate studies. I was a political science professor at Interamerican University of Puerto…

  • Lauren BurnsLauren Burns

    Lauren Burns, ’05, is a Senior Associate at Freestone Capital Management within the Alternative Investment Group. Lauren works in operational due diligence related to hedge fund and fund of fund investments for the firm. She also assists in onboarding and negotiating all ISDA contracts for the firm’s proprietary funds. Prior to joining Freestone, Lauren worked within…

  • Jocelyn P. FergusonJocelyn P. Ferguson

    Jocelyn P. Ferguson has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and directs Mills College’s Corporate and Foundation Relations. Ms. Ferguson brings to the position expertise in fiscal management, strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, grant writing, and volunteerism.

  • Rolando RodriguezRolando Rodriguez

    I graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies - Latin America, and a minor in Diversity. While at the University of Washington, the OMA&D was instrumental in achieving academic and personal goals en route to graduation.

  • Winifred Rosborough-GillinsUniversity of Washington

    Winifred Rosborough-Gillins received an undergraduate degree in English (1985) and a master’s degree in Education, Leadership and Policy Studies (2000). A former elementary school principal and high school assistant principal in Shoreline, Mukilteo and Mount Vernon, she taught for 10 years and was an administrator for 10 years. Currently, she is the director of the…

  • Rosa Hernández SheetsRosa Hernández Sheets

    Dr. Rosa Hernández Sheets graduated from UW in 1995 with a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Currently an associate professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Dr. Sheets has a new book out that is poised to make a major contribution in the field of diversity pedagogy.

  • Veronica Mendoza-JenkinsUniversity of Washington

    After graduating from UW School of Medicine (2006), I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2010. Since then I have taken time off to travel, relax, and spend time with family. I will be starting my first job this April at the Anchorage VA where I will spend the…

  • Grace KimUniversity of Washington

    My husband Michael Mariano and I (CBE, March '06) started our own architectural practice in 2004, Schemata Workshop. We just received a national award from AARP and the National Association of Home Builders. In 2006, Wiley & Sons published my book, The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship & Career Development.

  • Emily (Anderson) BomarEmily (Anderson) Bomar

    I graduated in 2008 and am currently the Recruiting Programs Manager at CampusPoint located in downtown Seattle. I love my job as I get to work mostly with current college students and recent college graduates, helping connect them with local employers for internships and careers!

  • Oscar Rosales CastañedaOscar Rosales Castañeda

    Oscar Rosales Castañeda graduated from UW in 2006 with degrees in American ethnic studies and history. He currently resides in Seattle.

  • Ty MadarangTy Madarang

    Ever since I graduated in June 1998 I have worked for Volt Services Group (Technical Recruiter,Lead Recruiter, Program Manager, Account Manager), Microsoft (Staffing Consultant, Program Manager) and currently at Revel Consulting (Solution Delivery Associate).

  • Khiem LaiKhiem Lai

    Khiem Lai received a bachelor of science in engineering from UW in 1986. He currently resides in Renton, Wash., and has worked at Boeing for 23 years.

  • Sam CameronSam Cameron

    It is exciting to know that the OMA&D is still doing its thing! The program helped me tremendously when I was a student in the 1970's in making the transition from small town USA to a large metropolitan campus. During my career in architecture, I am proud to have had the University as one of…

  • Lull MengeshaLull Mengesha

    Life has been busy but in a great way. I recently published my first book entitled "The Only Black Student," a book being considered "a mentor in a book" for students of color at predominantly white Universities.

  • My Tam H. NguyenMy Tam H. Nguyen

    My Tam H. Nguyen graduated in 2006 from the University of Washington in International Studies and Journalism. She recently graduated from the 2009 Leadership Tomorrow (LT) class, and is an alumna of the 2008 Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) Community Leadership Program.

  • Lily Lopez-McGeeLily Lopez-McGee

    As an undergrad the services offered by the OMA/D were invaluable to my experience at the UW. I was able to tap into the student services at the IC, which essentially kept my head above water in my pre-cal class, and really take advantage of all of the exciting programming offered at the ECC/T. Participating…

  • Kristin NacaKristin Naca

    A graduate of University of Washington (BA in English, 1995) and recent Seattle resident, Naca finished her PhD in English from the University of Nebraska in May. Her poems have appeared recently in HARPUR PALATE, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, and INDIANA REVIEW, and are forthcoming in PRAIRIE SCHOONER and RIO GRANDE REVIEW.

  • Andrea NegreteAndrea Negrete

    I graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate, I used many of the OMA&D services such as the Instructional Center, Ethnic Cultural Center, as well as serving as a Student Ambassador.

  • Stephanie GardnerStephanie Gardner

    Stephanie Gardner '01 currently works with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity(OMA&D) serving as the Associate Director for the LSAMP Program.

  • Hattie Sewell ShannonHattie Sewell Shannon

    Hattie Sewell Shannon graduated from UW in 1972 with a degree in English and in 1975 from the Law School. She currently resides in Houston, Texas where she works as a Criminal Defense Attorney.

  • Miya ForrestMiya Forrest

    I graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Ethnic Studies (AES) and Community, Environment and Planning (CEP) with a minor in Architecture. Within my majors, I focused on Asian American communities and community development practices.

  • Greg LewisGreg Lewis

    Greg Lewis was an All American football player at the UW from 1987-91. After graduating with a degree in Political Science he continued his football career with the Denver Broncos of the NFL. He currently servers as Director of Advancement for OMA&D with the goal of raising money for scholarships to support the next generation…

  • Keoke SilvanoKeoke Silvano

    Keoke Silvano '05 currently works with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), serving as a Reentry Counselor.

  • Cecilio EspinozaCecilio Espinoza

    My name is Cecilio Espinoza and I currently live in the Seattle area. I graduated from the UW in 2006 and double-majored in Spanish & American Ethnic Studies: Chicano Studies.

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