Empowering Diverse Husky Students
The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) Student Success Unit is a suite of programs and services that collectively empower students to make the most of their Husky Experience. OMA&D affiliated students totaled over 6,500 in the fall of 2023 and includes undergraduates who qualify as economically disadvantaged, first in their family to attend college, alumni of foster care or unaccompanied homeless youth, from migrant agricultural work, those who are undocumented, or students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native or part of a racial or ethnic group federally defined as under-represented in higher education. Within the larger University of Washington student population, OMA&D has a longstanding commitment to serving students who are furthest from educational equity.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), TRIO SSS, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and Champions staff are often the first touchpoint for students entering the UW and OMA&D and they continue to be a foundational part of OMA&D student success throughout participants’ undergraduate journey. OMA&D ACS teams serve pre-major students as well as those in their majors and meet with them at key points along their academic path.
In addition to the IC, OMA&D features a variety of programs that support STEM (The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – LSAMP) and health sciences majors (The Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program – HSCMSP), as well as those who wish to conduct research or pursue doctoral or professional studies (Graduate School Preparatory Services). These teams facilitate early exposure that enriches participant growth through seminars, conferences, faculty mentorship, stipends, and research. Program staff support pathways to post-baccalaureate opportunities and assist in the search, application, and selection of experiences after graduation.
wəɬəbʔaltxʷ-Intellectual House (IH) is a longhouse-style facility and gathering space that supports our American Indian and Alaska Native students and community. The IH serves as the primary hub for connecting UW AI/AN students to resources for student success and academic support at the UW. IH staff host events and provide programming that prepares students for leadership roles at UW and in their communities.