Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


March 31, 2022

University of Washington initiatives receive investment from the Mark Torrance Foundation to support diversity, equity and inclusion

Two University of Washington initiatives that support the recruitment and post-graduation success and impact of students from underrepresented backgrounds have received investments from the Mark Torrance Foundation (MTF) totaling $920,000. The UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) will receive $420,000 over two years to support its Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment initiative. This investment will allow OMA&D to increase…

March 10, 2022

Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center 50th Anniversary and Commemoration

On March 3, 2022, the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center celebrated their 50th Anniversary and Commemoration with community members, alumni, and staff. The evening was a delight for those in attendance. For many, this was the first in-person event they have attended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March on 2020. As…

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February 10, 2022

OMA&D Community Spotlight – Laura Clise

Spend Like it Matters Meet Laura Clise, founder and CEO of Intentionalist, a site that makes intentional shopping and supporting small businesses much easier. Born in Seoul and adopted into a family that has been in Seattle for generations, Laura has been around small business owners her entire life. Her grandma, whose formal education was…

January 24, 2022

OMA&D Staff Spotlight – Hugo

Photo of Hugo Garcia Villa

The University of Washington has no shortage of students, faculty, and staff who exemplify the ways in which we fulfil our public promise. These extraordinary people do this through service to others across the state in their jobs at the university, and also through volunteerism in their life away from campus. Meet Hugo, OMA&D‘s coordinator…

January 4, 2022

Happy New Year from OMA&D

Dear Alumni, Colleagues, and Friends, Reflecting on the past year, I am grateful for the engagement and encouragement received from our alumni and OMA&D community. Likewise, I have such respect for the determination and resilience of our students, faculty, and staff. Your support, talents, and leadership are inspirational and give us hope of a better…

December 7, 2021

Emile Pitre Featured on KIRO 7’s Western Washington Gets Real Series

Emile Pitre

When telling the story of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Washington and origins of the Office of Minority Affairs  Diversity – the story would be incomplete without including the lifelong activism of Emile Pitre. Emile is a pillar of the OMA&D community, and still to this day, more than 50 years later,…

OMAD Celebrates Raul Anaya and 49 Years of Service

Contribute to Raul’s legacy by donating to the Raul Anaya EOP Fund Raul Anaya retired in 2020, after 49 years’ of service to the University of Washington in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. At the time COVID-19 restrictions prohibited an in-person celebration of Raul and his time at UW, however, we were able…

November 25, 2021

University of Washington Partners With College Advising Corps

University of Washington Partners With College Advising Corps SEATTLE, WASHINGTON—College Advising Corps (CAC) recently announced its partnership with the University of Washington to help boost the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented high school students enrolling in higher education. “Working together, we can reduce barriers and increase opportunity by empowering Washington’s high school students with…

November 22, 2021

Frank Irigon to Receive UW’s 2022 Odegaard Award

Frank Irigon

The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program Board (FEOP) are thrilled to announce Frank Irigon (’76, ’79) as the 2022 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award. Irigon will be presented with this honor at the 2022 Celebration event on…

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