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.

Alumni Q&A with Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ‘94

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94, is a proud UW alumna and an incredible supporter of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D). For over 12 years she served as a member of the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program board which works to increase access to higher education for underrepresented minority, first-generation and low-income students.  Fukui-Sketchley… Read More

MESA Community College Program Helps Mark Bennett Overcome the Odds

Mark Bennet

When he was a homeless youth, Mark Bennett spent time in the University of Washington’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library to escape the cold weather. Now a junior at the UW, he visits the same library to study math. Bennett took an unconventional route to a four-year university. But thanks to the support from the Washington MESA… Read More

Metoyer to Deliver 10th Annual Kelly Lecture April 24

Cheryl A. Metoyer

Cheryl A. Metoyer, associate professor and associate dean for research in the UW Information School, will deliver the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s 10th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thurs., April 24, at Alder Hall. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Alder Hall Commons, followed by the… Read More

Herrera Selected to Participate in NHLI Executive Leadership Program

Marisa Herrera

Marisa Herrera, director of the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), is one of 16 Latina professionals from across the country participating in the 2014 National Hispana Leadership Institute’s (NHLI) Executive Leadership Program (ELP). The nine-month program, that began in February and runs through October, features four one-week training sessions that help participants enhance… Read More

UW Leading Launch of Greater Washington State Higher Education Recruitment Consortium


The University of Washington is at the forefront of a new collaborative effort to help institutions recruit diverse faculty and staff and assist dual-career couples seeking employment throughout the state. The UW, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, launched the Greater Washington State Higher Education Recruitment… Read More

Campus Walker Spring 2014

Campus Walker

OMA&D Associate Vice President for Assessment Emile Pitre, also known as the “Campus Walker,” captures some incredible images during his walks throughout the UW campus. Here is a glimpse at a few recent shots:

REAL Hope Act Informational Forum to be Held March 18


Students, educators and administrators interested in learning how the new REAL Hope Act will be implemented are invited to attend an informational forum on Tues., March 18, from 4-6 p.m. at the Alder Hall Auditorium on the University of Washington Seattle campus. The REAL (Raising Educational Access, Changing Lives) Hope Act, Senate Bill 6523, was… Read More