Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


November 6, 2013

UW and Regional Tribes Celebrate Longhouse Groundbreaking

Intellectual House Groudbreaking

A dream 40 years in the making took one step closer to becoming reality when the University of Washington joined regional tribal members to celebrate the groundbreaking for a Native American longhouse-style facility, on the UW campus, Oct. 25. Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, pronounced “wah-sheb-altuh (click here for the audio)” and the Lushootseed language name for “Intellectual House,”…

November 5, 2013

OMA&D Mourns Passing of Bill Baker

Baker, Bill_featured_image

The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) mourns the loss of former colleague William (Bill) Baker, ’60, ’73, who passed away on Sept. 28, at the age of 79. Baker was one of Samuel E. Kelly’s first administrative staff members when the Educational Opportunity Program and OMA&D was established, and his tenure in the…

Alumni and Friends Celebrate Homecoming at The Weekend

The Weekend

A large group of alumni and friends joined the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) to celebrate UW Homecoming at The Weekend, Oct. 26. Guests packed OMA&D’s tent in The Zone to enjoy tailgating festivities before cheering on the UW football team to a 41-17 victory over California at Husky Stadium. The tailgate featured…

November 1, 2013

San Antonio Mayor Urges UW Students to Pass on “Baton of Opportunity”

Julian Castro

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, the youngest mayor of a Top-50 United States city, spoke to a group of University of Washington students, faculty and staff during a luncheon at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), Oct. 23. Castro, 39, was in Seattle to present a talk about sustainable cities at Town Hall…

October 15, 2013

Community Luncheons Usher in Another School Year

2013 Kelly ECC Community Luncheons

Each year, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) hosts a series of community luncheons to welcome incoming freshmen and transfer students to the UW and celebrate their acceptance into the university. New students have the opportunity to network with student leaders, faculty and staff, as well as build community with their peers. Each…

Washington MESA Supports State Adoption of Next Generation Science Standards

Washington MESA

Washington MESA leadership, teachers and students played a role in the review process for a new set of K-12 state science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), officially adopted earlier this month. Gov. Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn made the announcement at Cascade Middle School in the Highline School District, Oct. 4….

October 7, 2013

Hunter Donates $30,000 to OMA&D for Student Support

Kim Hunter

University of Washington alumnus Kim L. Hunter, ’82, recently announced he will contribute $30,000 to the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) to develop the Kim L. Hunter Internship Support Fund. The fund will support OMA&D’s ability to maintain the economic development of underrepresented students who major in business with an emphasis in…

October 1, 2013

Welcome Daze Introduces New Students to Campus

Welcome Daze

OMA&D introduced new students and their families to the UW at its annual orientation event, Welcome Daze, held in conjunction with Dawg Daze on Sept. 20, at the Husky Union Building. Welcome Daze provided opportunities for incoming freshmen and transfer students to learn about campus and community resources, and connect with current students, OMA&D staff,…

LSAMP Students Get a Taste of Systems Biology

UW Students

A group of freshmen participating in the UW Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program recently paid a special visit to the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle where they met scientists and learned about the field. Among the goals of the LSAMP program is to expand opportunities for underrepresented minority students majoring…

Ambassadors Help Students Get College-Ready

Student Ambassador

When Mario Sanchez attended high school in the Eastern Washington community of Sunnyside, he didn’t have many people in his life he could talk to about pursuing college. That guidance came when he attended Esperanza En Educación, a one-day conference for Latino high school seniors on the University of Washington campus. During the event he…

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