Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


October 8, 2018

OMA&D awarded $40 million in GEAR UP grants to build stronger college and career pathways

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A pair of grants will establish a new GEAR UP Achievers Partnership with four school districts in South King County and support a new cohort of students in the RISE UP GEAR UP program in the Yakima and Skagit Valleys.

September 27, 2018

Spirited Welcome Daze Kickoff Luncheon Introduces New Students to Campus

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OMA&D introduced over 400 new first-year and transfer students, as well as their families and supporters, to the UW at its annual Welcome Daze Kickoff Luncheon at the Husky Union Building, Sept. 21.

August 26, 2018

Student Blog Update: Our First Few Days in Brisbane

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Sydney was a great time for all of us to take it easy, bond, and do all the standard Australia tourist-y things we wanted to do (see: obligatory Sydney Opera House picture in each person’s camera roll).

August 21, 2018

Student Blog Update: Get to Know The Whole Crew!

Hello! I’m Timnit, an incoming fourth year at the University of Washington. I am studying Human Centered Design & Engineering!

Now that you guys have gotten to know Lunden and me pretty well, it’s only fair that we give everyone else on this trip a fair chance. We asked the students and faculty with us…

August 20, 2018

Student Blog Update: First Days Down Under

Cara and Lunder on Bondi Beach

G’day mates! I’m here to update you on our trip. When we first arrived to Australia we stayed in a youth hostel in Sydney, New South Wales. The hostel had a restaurant attached…

August 17, 2018

Student Blog Update: Getting to Know Australian Blogger Lunden Harris

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Hi! My name is Lunden Harris and I will be one of two study abroad bloggers keeping you updated on our adventure down under! My 2018 UW STEM Study Abroad group will be studying at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

August 13, 2018

Fonseca Named Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Director


Magdalena Fonseca, ’98, ’11, who has worked with OMA&D for the past 18 years, previously served as the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center’s associate director from 2012-2017 and assistant director from 2003-2014.

August 11, 2018

Student Blog Update: Getting to Know Australian Blogger Cara Mischinski


UW sophomore Cara Mischinski is preparing to depart for Brisbane, Australia with the OMA&D and LSAMP-affiliated exploration seminar and is sharing regular updates on our Student Blog throughout the trip.

August 2, 2018

OMA&D Mourns Passing of Alumnus Donald D. Haley

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The Honorable Donald D. Haley, a two-time University of Washington graduate who was a leader in Seattle’s African American and judicial communities, passed away on July 30, at the age of 85.

July 30, 2018

Dorsey Named President & CEO of College Success Foundation

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After serving as executive director of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s Washington MESA program for 10 years, James Dorsey has been named president and CEO of the College Success Foundation.

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