Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

OMA&D Study Abroad

OMA&D Study Abroad Program

One of the priorities of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) is to further the University of Washington’s mission of preparing students to gain a worldwide perspective and engage in our global community. OMA&D offers study abroad programs in collaboration with academic departments that focus on minority perspectives all over the world.

Interdisciplinary STEM in Australia – Autonomous Underwater Vehicles & Ecological SystemsInterdisciplinary STEM in Australia – Autonomous Underwater Vehicles & Ecological Systems

The program will take place at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and at the Moreton Bay Research Station off the coast of Brisbane. The focus of the course is to experience first-hand the use of autonomous robotic systems in the exploration and collection of data relevant to the study and monitoring of marine ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.


Rupturing the Narrative: Re-Conceptualizing Communication and Difference in BarbadosRupturing the Narrative: Re-Conceptualizing Communication and Difference in Barbados

What happens when a “minority” passes as a member of the “majority”? What happens when a “majority” group member finds herself standing out as a “minority”? In this summer study abroad program in the Eastern Caribbean nation of Barbados, students will re-think, or more accurately, rupture their narratives of race, beauty, intelligence, culture, politics, and power.


Study Abroad in BrazilStudy Abroad in Brazil

Study Abroad in Brazil focuses on student reflection on their own identities by examining aspects of Brazil’s complexities about ethnicity, race, and gender. In this course, students engage with local students, doing projects with Brazilians rather than on Brazilians, allowing both UW students and Brazilian students opportunities for deeper connections and learning.


Sankofa II – Study Abroad in GhanaThe “Sankofa” Experience in Ghana – Exploration of Race & Identity Development in a Cross Cultural Exchange

“The Sankofa Experience in Ghana” will take students to the Republic of Ghana to learn the history and culture of this diverse African country, while also uncovering the vast trans-Atlantic influence that the United States and Ghana have exerted on one another for over three centuries.


OMA&D Rome Study Abroad Photo 2016Rome Academic Enrichment Program

The culture and government of ancient Rome heavily influenced the evolution of modern western culture. Understanding this history provides a greater insight into the present. This program examines how antiquity is reflected in current culture with issues of imperialism, slavery, immigration and trade.


Tahiti Study AbroadTahiti Study Abroad

Students in this program examine Tahitian culture and how it has been affected by French colonialism, specifically focusing on how that has created a social structure where native and non-white peoples are second class citizens in their own country.