Diversity at the UW

Tri-Campus Support

Many outstanding efforts are underway to support and elevate the experiences of first-generation students at the University of Washington. Below are a few highlights from throughout our campuses:

UW Bothell

  • One of the more popular programs is the Academic Transitions Program. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this program identifies and supports dozens of first-gen students with financial aid, special programming, mentoring and high impact learning experiences.
  • Students are also welcomed into the Bothell community through the First Generation Network, a program supported by Orientation & Transition Programs in Student Affairs.

Seattle Campus

  • Established in 1968, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) has a long history of providing access and academic support for thousands of first-generation students on campus and across the state. Especially notable are federally-funded TRIO programs administered through OMA&D such as Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
  • The UW was selected as part of the inaugural national cohort of NAPSA’s First Forward program. The program recognized 80 institutions for their current commitment to first-generation student success and goals to improve the experiences of students in the future.

UW Tacoma

  • The First Generation Student Initiatives Office: Through our programs and services we seek to support first-generation students to successfully transition into college life and provide opportunities for the academic and personal success of all our first-gen students on campus.
  • The Office of Student Advocacy and Support provides referral and support services to students, using a case management model. The purpose of this office is to assist students in developing strategies to overcome and address barriers that prevent them from achieving their educational goals.
  • The Center for Equity & Inclusion (CEI) aims to enhance campus education, develop community partnerships, and cultivate our diverse campus community. Current programs like the Real Talk Series, supports the social and academic success of first generation college students by engaging them in critical discussions on current social justice topics, and encouraging them to explore their intersecting identities through the arts.

Tri-Campus Graduate Student Support

  • Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School, kicks off its fifth year of programming this fall with the First-Gen Graduate Student Initiative. Along with a student advisory board, the initiative offers opportunities for First-Gen grad students to build community, access tailored events and informational resources, and gain leadership skills.