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 please to present Celebration, Fête, and Honors, 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 for May 22, 2014!
44th Annual Celebration, Fête and Honors
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
Online Registration Coming in March
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); firstname.lastname@example.org (email).
EOP Student Scholarships and Awards
EOP awards are presented to students who have made impressive contributions to our campus and community, while achieving academic excellence.
Past Celebration Scholarship Recipients
- 2013 Recognition Scholars
- 2012 Recognition Scholars
- 2011 Recognition Scholars
- 2010 Recognition Scholars
- 2009 Recognition Scholars
- 2008 Recognition Scholars
- Past Recognition Scholars
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.
2014 Odegaard Award Recipient
Denny (TacH-Mi-acH-t3n) Hurtado, former chair of the Skokomish Tribe and retired director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), is the 2014 Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient. For the last three decades, he has advocated for Indian rights and education throughout the state. Hurtado retired from OSPI in 2013 after a 12-year tenure. In this role, he worked with 29 tribes and led the creation of groundbreaking curriculum geared towards elementary, middle and high school educators. Hurtado’s contributions also extend to the UW. As a member of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Advisory Committee, he is helping lead an effort to build a longhouse on the UW campus that will support Native American student success. Hurtado is also a host and facilitator for the UW’s annual Tribal Leadership Summit; immediate past president and current member of the UW Native American Advisory Board; and advisor for the UW College of Education. An enrolled member of the Skokomish Tribe and a resident of the Skokomish Reservation, he served on its tribal council for the past 19 years, holding positions of chairman, vice-chairman and general council president.
2013 Odegaard Award Receipient
Rogelio Riojas, president and chief executive officer for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, was the 2013 recipient of the Charles E. Odegaard Award. Riojas graduated from the University of Washington with bachelor’s degrees in political science (1973) and economics (1975), and a master’s degree in health administration (1977). At UW, he was a leader among Latino student activists and participated in campaigns both on campus and in the community. Riojas’ activism inspired his career in public health. In 1978, he started Sea Mar which began as a single medical clinic in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Today, it is a comprehensive health and human services organization that serves 12 counties and over 140,000 individuals per year in Washington state. Under Riojas’ leadership, Sea Mar broadened its services to also focus on education. He established a program that has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships to children of migrant farm workers. Riojas is active on several community boards and received many campus and community honors including the 2007 UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Distinguished Alumni Award.