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  • Removing Barriers One Opportunity Grant at a Time

    October 27, 2021

    University of Washington Black Opportunity Funds reach one million dollars of funding after first year of creation.   In the wake of several tumultuous years, uncertainty about the future for many underrepresented communities, and the all-too-frequent reports of Black men and women dying at the hands of law enforcement – the nation was on edge...

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  • OMA&D Welcomes Regent Leonard Forsman

    October 26, 2021

    On Monday October 25, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Leonard Forsman to the UW Board of Regents. This historic appointment makes Regent Forsman the first American Indian to serve on the board. Forsman is deeply involved in many areas of UW, including providing decades of support to the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D)....

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  • OMA&D Hosts the 2021 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture

    October 15, 2021

    On October 13, 2021, OMA&D hosted the Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring Dr. Charlotte Coté and her lecture –  “Indigenizing” the University of Washington: Lessons from the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. This event was held at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House and had an audience of around 100 people. Below are a few photos...

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  • UW Regent Constance Rice Elected as New Board Chair for Seattle Art Museum

    October 7, 2021

    Join OMA&D in congratulating UW Regent Constance Rice on her position as the chair of the Seattle Art Museum’s board of trustees. She began her chairwomanship on September 21, 2021. Regent Rice is believed to be the first Black woman to chair a major art museum in the United States. Regent Rice was recently featured...

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  • Former OMA&D VP Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange selected as chancellor of UW Tacoma

    July 14, 2021

    Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange (’00, ’06) has been selected as the new chancellor of UW Tacoma beginning September 16, 2021 pending approval from the UW Board of Regents. Dr. Edwards Lange has a celebrated history with the University of Washington from her service as the vice president of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity...

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  • Kristian Wiles Appointed Associate Vice President for Student Success

    June 22, 2021

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    Dear OMA&D Community, It gives me great pleasure to announce that Kristian Wiles has been appointed Associate Vice President for Student Success effective July 1. For the past year and a half, Kristian has served as Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Success. Prior to that he served as Executive Director of Retention and Academic...

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  • UWAA Recognizes Alumni with Deep Ties to OMA&D

    June 16, 2021

    Join OMA&D in congratulating two long time OMA&D partners for their recent awards and honors from the UWAA. Both recipients have deep ties and a demonstrated commitment to OMA&D and the University of Washington. Through their efforts UW continues to become a more diverse and equitable community for faculty, staff, and students. Colleen Fukui-Sketchley Colleen...

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

    June 1, 2021

    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...

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  • OMA&D Remembers Dr. Thaddeus Spratlen

    May 26, 2021

    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...

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  • Registration for Celebration opens

    April 2, 2021

    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....

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