Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

Our Mission

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

Our MissionGEAR UP EDI offers professional development to educators who serve GEAR UP students and their families. Our program targets the national GEAR UP objectives to increase academic performance for postsecondary education for GEAR UP students; to increase the rate of high school graduation and participation in postsecondary education for GEAR UP students; and to increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing.