Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

About Us

OMA&D’s GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative program concluded in 2017. These web pages are for historical purposes only. For information on Washington State’s GEAR UP grant, visit Washington GEAR UP. If you’re looking for OMA&D’s RISE UP GEAR UP program that serves the Yakima and Skagit Valleys, visit

About UsThe GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness of and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Educator Development Initiative (GEAR UP EDI) is a program of within the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity College Access programs.  In 2011 we were awarded a federal grant, our third consecutive GEAR UP grant since 1999, from the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC).  Our grant fosters college awareness and readiness for low-income middle and high school students by providing a variety of programs targeted to educators and students.

GEAR UP EDI program provides year-round professional development and training for school leaders, counselors, teachers, administrators and other GEAR UP professionals to enhance their efforts in preparing low-income students to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and to build program sustainability beyond the life of the grant.