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About OMA&D

The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) works to increase diversity on campus and enrich the collegiate experience of all UW students, faculty and staff.

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  • Remembering the Legacy of E.J. Brisker

    November 15, 2023

    Emanual J. (EJ) Brisker Jr., ’70, passed away on September 21, 2023, at the age of 80. The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and the University of Washington owe Brisker a debt of gratitude for his activism as a student, and beyond, that led to the establishment of OMA&D and laid the foundation for…

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  • 2023 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture Recap

    November 6, 2023

    On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, OMA&D held its annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture. This year, the lecture featured Dr. Joanne Woiak, Associate Teaching Professor for the Disability Studies Program at the University of Washington. Her lecture "Engaging Disability, Empowering History: Ethics and Politics of Disability History" highlighted the exclusion and erasure of disabilities…

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  • The Raap Approach

    October 25, 2023

    Champions students at a pumpkin patch in October 2023.

    How Melissa Raap’s first-generation college student experience shapes her work today.   Melissa Raap, MSW (’11) manages the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Champions program. Champions serves students on the UW Seattle campus who are alumni of foster care or unaccompanied homeless youth by helping them navigate the challenging bureaucracies that…

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