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  • Rosa Ramirez

    May 22, 2012

    Rosa Ramirez

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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.

  • University of Washington

    May 22, 2012

    Janet Gates-Cortez

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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…

  • University of Washington

    May 22, 2012

    Gilberto Arroyo

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Burns

    January 3, 2012

    Lauren Burns

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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. Ferguson

    October 24, 2011

    Jocelyn P. Ferguson

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Rodriguez

    July 7, 2011

    Rolando Rodriguez

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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.

  • University of Washington

    April 20, 2011

    Winifred Rosborough-Gillins

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Sheets

    March 28, 2011

    Rosa Hernández Sheets

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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.

  • University of Washington

    March 28, 2011

    Veronica Mendoza-Jenkins

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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…

  • University of Washington

    March 28, 2011

    Grace Kim

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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) Bomar

    March 28, 2011

    Emily (Anderson) Bomar

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Castañeda

    June 4, 2010

    Oscar Rosales Castañeda

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

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

  • Ty Madarang

    May 27, 2010

    Ty Madarang

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Lai

    March 11, 2010

    Khiem Lai

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Cameron

    September 2, 2009

    Sam Cameron

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Mengesha

    August 27, 2009

    Lull Mengesha

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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. Nguyen

    June 14, 2009

    My Tam H. Nguyen

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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-McGee

    June 12, 2009

    Lily Lopez-McGee

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Naca

    March 30, 2009

    Kristin Naca

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Negrete

    March 19, 2009

    Andrea Negrete

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Gardner

    March 17, 2009

    Stephanie Gardner

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Shannon

    March 16, 2009

    Hattie Sewell Shannon

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Forrest

    March 10, 2009

    Miya Forrest

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Lewis

    February 25, 2009

    Greg Lewis

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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 Silvano

    January 2, 2009

    Keoke Silvano

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

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

  • Cecilio Espinoza

    January 2, 2009

    Cecilio Espinoza

    Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

    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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