Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


May 3, 2013

Undergraduates to Present Research at 21st Annual Pacific Northwest McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference May 16-18

McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference

Over 50 undergraduate McNair scholars and colleagues representing 10 regional and national universities will converge on the University of Washington campus for the 21st annual Pacific Northwest McNair/EIP/GO-MAP Research Conference, May 16-18. Students will present year-long collaborative research in social science, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and humanities fields, and engage with other students,…

May 1, 2013

UW Community Attends Ninth Annual Kelly Lecture

UW Community Attends Ninth Annual Kelly Lecture

Faculty, staff, students and community members attended the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s ninth annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture presented by Dr. Amanda Lock Swarr on April 18, at the Alder Hall Commons Auditorium. Dr. Swarr’s lecture titled “Racing the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality: Rethinking Apartheid and Transitional South Africa,”…

April 24, 2013

GEAR UP Teacher Jeff Charbonneau Wins National Honor

Charbonneau won National Teacher of the Year 2013

Jeff Charbonneau, UW GEAR UP Project Lead the Way teacher and robotics coach at Zillah High School, was named the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. He was honored by President Obama on April 23 at a special ceremony at the White House. As a part of the award, Charbonneau will travel the country next…

April 8, 2013

UW Welcomes Tribal Leaders to Campus

Tribal Leadership Summit

University of Washington and area tribal leaders will gather to discuss issues of importance to indigenous communities at the sixth annual Tribal Leadership Summit to be held Fri., April 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. The annual meeting highlights successful partnerships involving the UW and tribes, while envisioning future…

UW Students Receive UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award

merck scholars

University of Washington juniors Chinonso Opara and Sarra Tekola are among an elite group of students. This spring they received the UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award, presented annually to around 15 undergraduates from across the country. The honor includes up to a $25,000 scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year, as well as eligibility to…

Design Plans Approved as Progress to Build Intellectual House Continues

Intellectual House

Design plans were recently approved for the Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility to be built on the University of Washington campus that will serve as a learning and gathering place for Native American students, faculty and staff, as well as the UW and surrounding community. In February, the UW Board of Regents approved the project’s…

April 5, 2013

OMA&D Mourns the Loss of Roy Flores and Lois Price Spratlen


The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) mourns the recent loss of Roy Flores, former Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) director, and Lois Price Spratlen (pictured), ’76, School of Nursing professor emerita and former longtime University ombudsman. Flores passed away on March 12 at the age of 69. He worked a total of 40…

April 4, 2013

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


Spring quarter is a busy time of year for all of us affiliated with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D). We hope that you will take a moment read to about the latest stories and events associated with the department in this edition of eNews. Design plans were recently approved for the Intellectual…

March 28, 2013

Frank Builds Community Through Art Exhibits

Priya Frank with David Ryder

In her day job, Priya Frank, ’04, ’11, supports access and opportunity for underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students through her fundraising work with the OMA&D Advancement team. In her “off” hours, she is busy fostering her other passion – building community through the arts. Frank is artistic director at LUCID in Seattle’s University District, where…

Schmitz Honored at BSU Legacy Soiree

Betty eNews

Betty Schmitz, OMA&D director of the Center for Curriculum Transformation, was among the honored guests at the Black Student Union (BSU) Legacy Soirée held Feb. 23, at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. Schmitz was presented the Staff Member of the Year award by BSU and the UW Student Diversity Coalition (UWSDC) in recognition…

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