Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Instructional Center

For over 40 years, OMA&D’s Instructional Center (IC) has been a national model for providing academic instruction and tutoring for thousands of underrepresented minority, first-generation and economically disadvantaged students affiliated with OMA&D programs. Its unique and proven blend of services creates a sense of community and paves the way to the university’s most competitive majors, and ultimately, graduation and successful careers.


Serving 2,000 students annually, the IC is staffed by 19 professional instructors and 40-50 student tutors who rotate throughout the year. Many student tutors are former IC users themselves. Together, this team creates a support structure through its holistic mentoring approach that sets students up for success. IC services include:

  • Drop-in tutoring (one-on-one and small group sessions)
  • Workshops and review sessions
  • Study skills seminars
  • Professional and Graduate School admissions preparation courses
  • On-site writing center
  • Computer facility


Learn more about the transformative impact the IC has on the academic and personal lives of our students:

Watch Joshua’s Story

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Alumna and former IC student Anisa Ibrahim now leads the same medical clinic where she was cared for as a young refugee.

Dr. Ibrahim’s Story

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From Struggling Student to Top Doc

Alumnus Lorne Murray credits his OMA&D mentors, and the Instructional Center, for his success.

 Dr. Murray’s Story 

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“I Can Do This!”

Caroline Raymundo knew she wanted to be a physician. But it wasn’t until she first walked into the Instructional Center that she realized she could do it.

Caroline’s Story 

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IC Opens Doors for Cabantan

Thanks to scholarships and the IC, Dorothy Cabantan finds the support and community to pursue her dream career in health care.

Dorothy’s Story 


“Where Students Go for a Grade Upgrade”

It’s a national model of academic support, but the IC is way more than that – it’s a family for students who need a boost.

 Columns Magazine 


Learn more about the Instructional Center’s impact



 Visit the IC Factsheet 


To serve the current student demand and position the university to meet the surging demographic growth of underrepresented minority, first-generation and economically disadvantaged students in the state of Washington, we have set an ambitious goal to increase the number of students we serve at the IC each year from 2,000 to 7,000 by 2025. To accomplish this goal, we are looking to raise $25 million. Find out how you can help.


For more information, contact Katherine Day Hase, OMA&D Director of Advancement, at or 206-616-4929