Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


June 1, 2021

Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Community Health Plan of Washington Invest in UW Students

Building a more diverse health care workforce With gifts from Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Community Health Plan of Washington, the University of Washington is announcing the creation of a new fund to support first-generation, low income and underserved students at the UW who are studying health care. As part of their commitment to…

May 26, 2021

OMA&D Remembers Dr. Thaddeus Spratlen

Thaddeus Spratlen, a professor emeritus of marketing at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, died May 18 at the age of 90. The UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity offers our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. “Dr. Spratlen was a trailblazer and major contributor to advancing DEI efforts at UW,” said…

April 2, 2021

Registration for Celebration opens

Join us for the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s (OMA&D) virtual annual gala, Celebration, on May 12, 2021. Registration is open today and will be open through May 10. As the UW’s signature event to support diversity, Celebration raises funds for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) scholarships and recognizes the Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient….

March 19, 2021

Statement on Anti-AAPI Violence and Racism

From University of Washington VP for the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer, Rickey Hall   A national conversation about hate, racism, and violence perpetrated against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities has taken place in recent weeks. The conversations were accentuated with the murders of Asian…

February 24, 2021

Brotherhood Initiative Receives Endowment

Group of young men of color sitting in a circle.

  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…

January 28, 2021

OMA&D announces Black Opportunity Fund endowment

    The University of Washington and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity are pleased to announce the Black Opportunity Fund has established its first endowment through an anonymous donor’s generous gift of $300,000.  The Black Opportunity Fund was established last year to acknowledge the harm that systemic racism has on the Black community and to…

October 28, 2020

UW to Participate in Fourth Annual National First-Generation College Celebration, Nov. 8

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, In a year where we are living through many challenges, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse experiences that contribute to the vibrancy, excellence and resilience of our campus communities. On Sunday, November, 8, we will lift up the experiences of our first-generation students, faculty and staff when…

October 5, 2020

OMA&D announces gift from Sea Mar and MultiCare to support underrepresented students

The University of Washington today announced a $100,000 gift to the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) and UW Tacoma’s Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI). The gift will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in the Educational Opportunity Program at the UW in Seattle and in programs under development within OEI on the Tacoma campus.

August 21, 2020

The Legacy of Dr. Gabriel Gallardo

It was hard to find a bigger Husky than Gabriel Gallardo. He sported three UW degrees and served underprivileged students for 27 years in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. Along the way, he married a fellow alum and raised a family in student housing.

August 19, 2020

UW Libraries Immigration Resources

The UW Libraries recognizes that many students and researchers on our campus have been affected by ongoing and recent immigration and travel bans. We are a university and library system that is proud to wholeheartedly welcome and support undocumented students of all ethnicities and nationalities. Undocumented students are eligible for state tuition, state benefits, and resources. Below are resources that…

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