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Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


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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 the 48th annual Celebration, an annual event that features the outstanding achievements, inspiring stories  and academic success of our 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 2018: Wednesday, May 16

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

Husky Union Building Ballroom
UW Campus, Seattle, WA 98195

For event information, contact Zandra Grissom at or (206) 685-9594. 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

UW President Ana Mari Cauce congratulates 2016 President's Achievement recipien, Ruben Reyes

UW President Ana Mari Cauce with the 2017 President’s Achievement Award recipient Starla Sampaco.

EOP 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

Charles E. Odegaard AwardThe 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.

2017 Celebration Videos