Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

February 24, 2021

Brotherhood Initiative Receives Endowment

Group of young men of color sitting in a circle.

The first cohort of the Brotherhood Initiative gather together for class. Photo from 2016.


The Brotherhood Initiative (BI) — an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Washington designed to close the graduation and achievement gap for men of color on campus — has found a permanent source of funding thanks to an endowment established by longtime volunteer Olga Yang. Founded in 2016 by College of Education Professor Joe Lott, the Brotherhood Initiative fosters a sense of belonging for men of color who often feel isolated in predominantly white academic settings. The endowment ensures a portion of the Brotherhood Initiative’s operating costs will be covered each year. Read the full article on the College of Education’s site →