Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


October 1, 2013

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…

Message from the Vice President and Vice Provost – Fall 2013 eNews

Sheila Edwards Lange

Fall quarter is underway and campus is buzzing again with the excitement that the beginning of a new academic year brings. A few days before classes started, I had the pleasure of introducing some of this year’s incoming freshmen and transfer students to the UW and Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) family at…

Vivian Lee: Alumna, Volunteer, Community Activist, Philanthropist

Vivian Lee

For more than 50 years, Vivian Lee has worked to make the University of Washington inclusive and accessible for all students through her volunteer work. Now she is leaving her mark in another way. A retired nurse and 1958 graduate of the UW School of Nursing, Vivian has decided to make a bequest to the…

September 19, 2013

Tacoma Teacher Receives MESA’s Mona Bailey Leadership Award

2013 Mona Bailey Award Recipient Betsy Constantine

Betsy Constantine, from Sheridan Elementary School in Tacoma, received the 2013 Mona Bailey Teacher Leadership Award at the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Board of Directors Dinner in Seattle, Sept. 6. The award, sponsored by Washington MESA, was established in 2004 to recognize teacher leadership in mathematics, engineering or science. Applicants are evaluated on their…

September 12, 2013

Foster School Dean Emeritus William Bradford Honored

William Bradford

William Bradford, dean emeritus and professor of finance at the UW Foster School of Business, will receive Tabor 100’s Lifetime Achievement Award at its Captains of Industry Gala at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Sept. 14. Bradford will be one of several community leaders honored at the event. Seattle City Council Member Bruce…

September 10, 2013

UW To Break Ground On Native American Longhouse Facility October 25

Native American Longhouse Facility Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Washington Native American longhouse-style facility, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House), will take place on the UW campus in Seattle, Fri., Oct. 25, from 3-5:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the facility’s construction site currently located in the N6 parking lot between Lewis and McMahon Halls. The event is…

Polly Olsen to Receive 2013 UW Diversity Award for Community Building

Polly Olsen

Polly Olsen, ’94, director of community relations and development for the UW School of Social Work’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, has been named the recipient of the 2013 University of Washington Diversity Award for Community Building. The honor is given annually by the UW Vice President for Minority Affairs and Vice Provost for Diversity to…

OMA&D Recognizes New and Recently Tenured Faculty

Dr. Sven Haakanson

As the 2013 fall quarter commences, OMA&D is pleased to recognize the latest group of faculty engaged in diversity-related research, teaching or service who are recently tenured or new to the University. New Faculty: Dr. Sara Gonzalez joins the Department of Archaeology as an assistant professor. She recently served as a scholar-in-residence fellow in the…

September 6, 2013

GEAR UP EDI Summer Institute Prepares Educators for State Standards

2013 GEAR UP EDI Summer Institute

Seventy middle and high school educators from across the state converged on the UW campus for a summer institute hosted by the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Educator Development Initiative (EDI), June 24-27. The four-day institute, “Digging Deeper: GEAR UP & the Common Core State Standards,” provided an opportunity for…

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