Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


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The University of Washington has a longstanding commitment to diversity and a profound interest in cultivating a diverse student body. The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are pleased to present the 49th annual Celebration, an annual event that features the outstanding achievements, inspiring stories  and academic success of our students. Celebration also raises funds for scholarships and recognizes the Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient. Over 500 business and community patrons support this event each year.

Save the Date for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

5:00 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – Call to Dinner
6:30 p.m. – Celebration

Husky Union Building Ballroom
UW Campus, Seattle, WA 98195

For event information, contact Zandra Grissom at or (206) 685-9594. For table sponsorship opportunities, contact Katherine Day Hase at or (206) 221-5259.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

EOP Student Scholarships and Awards

UW President Ana Mari Cauce congratulates 2016 President's Achievement recipien, Ruben Reyes

UW President Ana Mari Cauce with the 2017 President’s Achievement Award recipient Starla Sampaco.

EOP awards are presented to students who have made impressive contributions to our campus and community, while achieving academic excellence.

Past Celebration Scholarship Recipients

Charles E. Odegaard Award

Charles E. Odegaard AwardThe Charles E. Odegaard Award was established in April of 1973 to honor a member of our community whose leadership sustains the former University of Washington President’s distinguished work (1958-1973) on behalf of diversity at the UW and citizens of the state. It is the only University and community selected award and is regarded as the highest achievement in diversity at the University.

The Odegaard “Unity” Award is a teak sculpture by the late Seattle artist, George Tsutakawa (1910-1997). Mr. Tsutakawa is an internationally recognized painter and sculptor known for more than 75 major bronze fountain sculptures set in public spaces in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. “Unity” and the “Unity” plaque, are permanently housed and displayed in the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Diversity to publicly honor all of the outstanding recipients of this prestigious award.

2018 Odegaard Award Recipient

The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez

Chief United States District Judge, Western District of Washington

Judge Ricardo S. Martinez

A student activist at the University of Washington during the movement for civil rights on campus and in the community, the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez turned his desire to create change into a distinguished judicial career that has spanned almost three decades. He is the first Latino judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Judge Martinez was the first in his family to graduate from high school and go on to college when he enrolled at the UW. As an undergraduate in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, he was part of the local and campus-wide Chicano/a Movement as a member of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a De Aztlan (MEChA). Judge Martinez received a Bachelor of Science degree from the UW in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate from the UW School of Law in 1980. He worked as a trial lawyer in the King County Prosecutor’s Office before beginning his career as a judge in 1990. Judge Martinez went on to serve on the King County Superior Court and as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Washington before being nominated to his current appointment by President George W. Bush in 2003, and confirmed by the Senate in 2004. Judge Martinez is a founding member of the Latina/o Bar Association and the Washington Leadership Institute whose mission is to recruit, train and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. He has also mentored numerous law students and lawyers of color.

2018 Celebration Videos