Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


June 8, 2015

OMA&D’s Ross Braine Named 2015 UW Distinguished Staff Award Recipient

Ross Braine - 2015 Distinguished Staff Award

Iisaaksiichaa Ross Braine, director of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House and the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s tribal liaison, will be honored as one of five Distinguished Staff Award recipients at the UW’s 45th annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony on Thur., June 11, at 3:30 p.m., in Meany Hall Auditorium.

June 5, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Johnny Le

Johnny Le

“I come from a family that believes in showing vs saying. As a kid, I always found it hard that my parents never told me they “loved” me or praise me for my efforts like I saw my friend’s parents do.”

June 3, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Ly Huynh

Ly Huynh

“My father’s family immigrated after the Vietnam War. My paternal grandfather was a south Vietnamese military police officer and his family was specifically targeted after the war.”

June 1, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Nicki McClung

Nicki McClung

“One of the strongest aspects of Japanese culture is the family aspect. Even when my family came to North America there was always such an emphasis on family.”

May 29, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Jes Phillip

Jes Phillip

“I was born and raised on the island of Chuuk, Micronesia. My family moved to the U.S for better education and job opportunities. It wasn’t easy to transition from a small island to a big country, but because my parents had hope for my siblings and I, they tried their very best to move all of us to the U.S.”

May 28, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Benny Tran

Benny Tran

“Like many others, my family migrated to the US in hope of finding opportunity and a better life. They migrated in different waves and worked to establish themselves so that the next group of family members would have something to come to and look forward to.”

May 27, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Faridah Abdullah

Faridah Abdullah

“In my opinion, I feel that there is a distinction between Cham culture and Cham Islam culture. The last ruler of the Kingdom of Champa was a Muslim and converted majority of the Chams under his reign to Islam. “

May 26, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Sumitra Chhetri

Sumitra Chhetri

“Before moving to the United States, My family lived in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal for more than 20 years. I was born in the camp.”

May 25, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Ta Kwe Say

Ta Kwe Say

“I have more than one home. I was born in Burma. So that could be my motherland. I like to call Kent, WA my home, too, because I grew up there. I belong here. I am part of this community. I’m one of the few students from Burma attending the University of Washington.”

May 22, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Lauren Macalalad

Lauren Macalalad

“While my parents left all that they had in the Philippines in order to give my sisters and I all that we have now, the only thing my parents did not give us was their native tongue.”

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