San Antonio Mayor Urges UW Students to Pass on “Baton of Opportunity”

Julian Castro

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, the youngest mayor of a Top-50 United States city, spoke to a group of University of Washington students, faculty and staff during a luncheon at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC), Oct. 23. Castro, 39, was in Seattle to present a talk about sustainable cities at Town Hall… Read More


Community Luncheons Usher in Another School Year

2013 Kelly ECC Community Luncheons

Each year, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) hosts a series of community luncheons to welcome incoming freshmen and transfer students to the UW and celebrate their acceptance into the university. New students have the opportunity to network with student leaders, faculty and staff, as well as build community with their peers. Each… Read More


Washington MESA Supports State Adoption of Next Generation Science Standards

Washington MESA

Washington MESA leadership, teachers and students played a role in the review process for a new set of K-12 state science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), officially adopted earlier this month. Gov. Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn made the announcement at Cascade Middle School in the Highline School District, Oct. 4…. Read More


Hunter Donates $30,000 to OMA&D for Student Support

Kim Hunter

University of Washington alumnus Kim L. Hunter, ’82, recently announced he will contribute $30,000 to the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) to develop the Kim L. Hunter Internship Support Fund. The fund will support OMA&D’s ability to maintain the economic development of underrepresented students who major in business with an emphasis in… Read More


Welcome Daze Introduces New Students to Campus

Welcome Daze

OMA&D introduced new students and their families to the UW at its annual orientation event, Welcome Daze, held in conjunction with Dawg Daze on Sept. 20, at the Husky Union Building. Welcome Daze provided opportunities for incoming freshmen and transfer students to learn about campus and community resources, and connect with current students, OMA&D staff,… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More