No Longer Invisible: Va’eomatoka Kenneth Liueli Valu


“I am a first generation Tongan immigrant. My mother and I came to the United States when I was 14 years old, leaving behind life on the islands of the Kingdom of Tonga with a total population of about 110,000 people.”

No Longer Invisible: Tsengyang Vang

Tsengyang Vang 2

“Hmong are an ethnic minority from Southwest China and the northern regions of Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Many of the Hmong people in the United States are from the highlands of Laos.”

No Longer Invisible: Muhamed Manhsour

Muhamed Manhsour head shot

“My name is Muhamed Manhsour. People look at me and see an Asian face. They wonder why I have an Arabic name. This is because of my wonderful heritage and I aim to preserve my culture so that succeeding generations will be enriched.”

2014 Community Graduations to be Held June 4-13

Community Graduation

Join OMA&D and campus partners as we celebrate the success of our students and their families at the annual Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) Community Graduations, June 4-13. This year’s events will feature the first Multi-Grad Recognition Ceremony to take place June 4 at the ECC. The complete schedule is as follows: 1st Annual Multi-Grad… Read More

Undergraduates to Present Research at 22nd Annual Pacific Northwest McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference May 15-17

McNair Conference

Thirty-eight McNair scholars from the University of Washington and seven other universities will converge on campus to participate in the 22nd annual Pacific Northwest McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference, May 15-17. Student research in social science, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and humanities will be showcased through oral and poster presentations on Fri., May 16, from… Read More

No Longer Invisible: Shaylin Nicole Salas

Shaylin Nicole Salas

“Pacific Islanders are often misunderstood and stereotyped in society. We need to be seen so that we can share our knowledge and culture. There are stories behind our customs and language that may benefit the dominant society and culture.”

No Longer Invisible: Bryan Dosono

Bryan Dosono

“AAPI Heritage Month prompts a moment for me to reflect on my personal journey of AAPI activism and reaffirms the importance of celebrating diversity within the greater community. This heightened awareness for advancing the Asian American movement motivated my engagement with Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian American interest fraternity and high-level decision making in university leadership.”

No Longer Invisible: Tey Chao Thach

Tey Thach

“I speak Khmer. Most Khmer Krom people from South Vietnam are bilingual in Khmer and Vietnamese, with Khmer being their first language and Vietnamese their second. Therefore our dialect of Khmer has some Vietnamese loanwords.”

Message from the Vice President and Vice Provost – Spring 2014 eNews

Sheila Edwards Lange

Spring quarter is underway and the students, faculty, staff and alumni affiliated with the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) have been quite busy. They earned some well-deserved honors, beat the odds to pursue higher education and gave back to their communities. I hope you will take some time to read more about the… Read More

“Dreamer Dawgs” Witness REAL Hope Act Signing

Real Hope Act

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called them “Dreamer Dawgs.” They were a small group of University of Washington students representing all three campuses who traveled to Olympia on Feb. 26. They stood behind the governor with a UW flag unfurled and watched as he signed Senate Bill 6523 into law.