Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


Celebration General Logo

The University of Washington has a longstanding commitment to diversity and a profound interest in cultivating a diverse student body. The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are pleased to present Celebration, an annual event that features the outstanding achievements, inspiring stories  and academic success of EOP students. Celebration also raises funds for scholarships and recognizes the Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient. Over 500 business and community patrons support this event each year.

Save the Date – Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5:00 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – Call to Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Celebration

Husky Union Building
UW Campus, Seattle, WA 98195

For event information, contact or (206) 685-0518. For table sponsorship opportunities, contact Rhonda Smith at or (206) 616-2492.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations for this event, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450 (voice); 206-543-6452 (TTY); 206-685-7264 (FAX); (email).

EOP Student Scholarships and Awards

Celebration 2015EOP awards are presented to students who have made impressive contributions to our campus and community, while achieving academic excellence.

Past Celebration Scholarship Recipients

Charles E. Odegaard Award

The Charles E. Odegaard Award was established in April of 1973 to honor a member of our community whose leadership sustains the former University of Washington President’s distinguished work (1958-1973) on behalf of diversity at the UW and citizens of the state. It is the only University and community selected award and is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the University.

The Odegaard “Unity” Award is a teak sculpture by the late Seattle artist, George Tsutakawa (1910-1997). Mr. Tsutakawa is an internationally recognized painter and sculptor known for more than 75 major bronze fountain sculptures set in public spaces in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. “Unity” and the “Unity” plaque, are permanently housed and displayed in the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity to publicly honor all of the outstanding recipients of this prestigious award.

 2016 Odegaard Award Recipient

Richard A. JonesThe Honorable Richard A. Jones, United States District Court Judge in Seattle, is the 2016 Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient. A 1975 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Judge Jones has been devoted to serving community organizations and giving back as a mentor to youth of color throughout his career. He has served in his current role since being appointed to the federal bench in 2007. Previously, Judge Jones spent over 13 years as a King County Superior Court Judge and 17 years as a practicing attorney. Highly regarded for his work, he received Outstanding Judge Awards from several organizations including the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to his time in the courtroom, Judge Jones co-founded two Seattle-area law student programs, the Northwest Minority Job Fair and First Year Minority Clerkship Program. He has served on over 25 boards and committees, and has long been recognized for his service to the community. His efforts to give back to students also include participation in events with both the UW School of Law and OMA&D. Judge Jones received a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Seattle University in 1972 prior to his law degree from the UW. He has also received a doctor of humane letters honorary degree from St. Martin’s University in 2008 and a doctor of laws honorary degree from Gonzaga University in 2010.

2016 Celebration Videos