Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


April 8, 2013

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…

March 23, 2013

Amanda Swarr to Present 9th Annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Amanda Swarr

Amanda Lock Swarr, UW associate professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, will deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s ninth annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thurs., April 18. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in…

March 22, 2013

UW and Regional Organizations to Participate in Yakima Valley Science & Engineering Festival

Congressman Chaka Fattah Meets With GEAR UP Students

The Pacific Science Center, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are just a few of the regional organizations slated to join several University of Washington programs at the second annual Yakima Valley Science and Engineering Festival, to be held at the Yakima Convention Center, March 26-27. The event, sponsored…

March 20, 2013

OMA&D Programs Host Workshop at Neah Bay High School

Neah Bay sign

The UW GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative (EDI) partnered with OMA&D Recruitment and Outreach, OMA&D Tribal Relations and the UW College of Education to host a day-long workshop for middle and high school teachers at Neah Bay High School in Neah Bay, Wash., Feb. 27. The workshop, “Preparing GEAR UP Students for Rigor & Academic…

February 27, 2013

Talent Search Students Honored at Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony

Talent Search Students

University of Washington Educational Talent Search participants Zulen Pantoja-Ortega, Austin Schuetzel and Melina Soto were among the high school students honored at the 2012 Champions of Diversity Awards Ceremony at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Wash., Dec. 5. The awards ceremony is designed to honor students, from grades nine through 12, from Skagit, San…

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