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November 23, 2016

Alumni Gather to Cheer on Husky Football

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OMA&D alumni and friends came together to cheer on the nationally-ranked UW football team to a 66-27 victory over the California Golden Bears at a special viewing party at the Tap House Grill in downtown Seattle, Nov. 5.


May 31, 2016

OMA&D’s Magdalena Fonseca To Receive UW Distinguished Staff Award

Magdalena Fonseca

Magdalena Fonseca, associate director for the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), will be honored at the UW’s 46th annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony on June 9 (3:30 p.m.), at Meany Hall Auditorium.


May 22, 2012

Rosa Ramirez

Rosa 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-Cortez

University 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 for a late application to the U of W/Engineering Dept.


Gilberto Arroyo

University 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 Rico and retired there in 2000 after 25 years.


January 3, 2012

Lauren Burns

Lauren 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.


October 24, 2011

Jocelyn P. Ferguson

Jocelyn 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.


July 7, 2011

Rolando Rodriguez

Rolando 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.


April 20, 2011

Winifred Rosborough-Gillins

University 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 Good Pharaoh Foundation.


March 28, 2011

Rosa Hernández Sheets

Rosa 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.



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