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  • Perfect Pitch

    August 15, 2022

    Student Nova Sportsman pitches her ideas from podium to ELC team in NYC.

    Collaboration between higher education, college access programs, nonprofits and private industry led to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a teen to pitch her ideas to national leaders. One late spring morning in 2022 , 15-year-old Nova Sportsman and 16-year-old Shaelin Triebe, both sophomores at the time at North Central high school in Spokane, Washington went to school like it was any…

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  • The Work of MOR – Equitable Access to Higher Education

    July 15, 2022

    Newly admitted students in Yakima pose

    As part of the University of Washington’s (UW) promise to expand college access to more Washingtonians, especially those from systemically minoritized groups, UW created the Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment (MOR) team which is housed in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D). Since the 1980s, MOR has been committed to identifying, attracting, and recruiting American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American,…

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  • Chenoa Henry (Tulalip) Appointed Director of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

    July 1, 2022

    Photo of Chenoa Henry standing in front of water

    The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Chenoa Henry (Tulalip) as the new director for OMA&D’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. Henry’s appointment will begin on August 1, 2022. Chenoa is a Tulalip tribal member and has served as manager of the Grants and Self-Governance Department for Tulalip Tribes of Washington. She has…

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  • TRIO Programs Upward Bound and STEMsub Team Up to Support Washington Students

    June 13, 2022

    By Helen Chyz | Academic Advisor | UW Math Science Upward Bound (STEMsub) 69 high school seniors from the University of Washington Upward Bound (UB) and Math Science Upward Bound (STEMsub) programs will be attending the UW Seattle campus this fall, and they have already had the chance to meet to their future advisors in UW Student Support Services (SSS).…

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  • University of Washington Attends NCORE – 2022

    June 12, 2022

    From May 31 through June 5, 2022, the 34th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) convened again for an in-person conference in Portland, Oregon. The UW was well represented in attendance with 84 students, faculty, staff and alumni coming from all three UW campuses registered to attend. Among the day-long pre-conference institutes, and hundreds of…

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  • Celebration is Back! Highlights from the 2022 Celebration Gala

    June 1, 2022

    A Message from VP Rickey Hall Thank you for supporting our annual gala, Celebration, presented by the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program Board! We are grateful to our community of supporters who came together in person and virtually last week to honor Frank Irigon as the Charles E. Odegaard award recipient…

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  • Second Annual Gabriel E. Gallardo Research, Student Leadership and Advocacy Symposium Recap

    May 1, 2022

    Story collaboration between OMA&D Communications and McNair/EIP program staff. Preparing students for research and graduate school is a priority that spans across OMA&D Student Success programs. UW OMA&D students affiliated with the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) are introduced to research, graduate, and professional school paths during their first year at UW. And three OMA&D…

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

    March 31, 2022

    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 the number of students the…

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

    March 10, 2022

    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 guests arrived they were greeted…

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  • Making a Difference

    March 10, 2022


    See first-hand the impact that OMA&D’s Educational Opportunity Program scholarships have on the lives of our students.

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