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ECC Gala 2014 Recap!

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On May 21 we hosted the 11th annual ECC gala which is an event that  celebrates decades of leadership.  Our annual awards GALA is an opportunity for our community to recognize affiliated students organizations and individuals who are active members of our ECC community, UW community and the greater Seattle community through activism, leadership, event planning, philanthropy, community service and outreach. We recognize your hard work, your enthusiasm and determinations as you seek to give back to others in a constructive and enriching way. We will also recognize members of the ECC community who are graduating, and we will toast to the completion of a successful academic year.

If you want to see the photos taken at the Photo Booth visit the link

the password for the album is: ethnic

Join our pack! Applications for Protege/Mentee are now open!



Mentor Power for Success invites you to
Become a MPFS Student Mentor Today! 
(You can even earn 1 or 2 credits!)



YOU can make an important difference by volunteering to be a student mentor to an incoming first year student. The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) Mentor Program - Mentor Power for Success invites you to be a student mentor for Autumn 2014.  As a student mentor, you will be paired with an incoming student and help them adjust to the rigors of college life in a fun and personal way.

Protege Application

Deadline to apply for the Protege application is August 8th

Mentor Application


State Need Grant through SB 6523 Application

Dear Colleagues, 

Today the application for the newly eligible population for the State Need Grant through SB 6523 (students who are presumed undocumented who meet certain criteria) has been made available  To have a web-based application available just a little over a month from the date of the bill signing was no small feat and I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who assisted.

Many staff played a role but through the leadership of Becky Thompson – the following staff were integral with contract development and negotiations, outreach and training, development of materials and the landing page, testing the application, developing the “pre-application” tool, modifying the RSG page, and more.  On behalf of the many students who will now have an equitable opportunity to receive State Need Grant, our deep gratitude for this accomplishment.


Don Alexander

Bryan Bakotich

Don Bennett

Anna Batie

Cristina Gaeta

Katherine Kersten

Daniel McDonald

David Mitchell

Emily Persky

Marcie Sample

Colleen Scovill

Rachelle Sharpe

Gray Sterling

Aaron Wyatt


This is yet another example of a strong WSAC team effort in the service of others. 


I am proud and very pleased with this tremendous accomplishment.  Thank you!!!


- Gene Sharratt


MLK Day of Service Recap

On January 20th, 2014 the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, in collaboration with the Carlson Leadership & Public Service CenterUnited Way of King County, and the MLK Celebration Committee helped host the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It began with a kick of event at the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, featuring inspirational speeches, foods & drinks, and many more. Then they organized a group to participate in Rise Up! Restore the Dream! Seattle’s annual march and celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Queer People of Color office hours at the ECC

The Queer People of Color are having office hours at the ECC every Tuesday and Wednesdays from 12:30pm-2:30pm at the ECC Resource Room.

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Leadership Workshops: Upcoming Opportunities for Personal and Professional Growth

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The purpose of the Leadership Workshops is to support the development of our current and emerging student leaders. The workshops are designed to provide you with new ideas, skills, techniques, and theories that  can be applied to your everyday lives. If you have questions about the Leadership Workshops, please contact Rudy Mondragon at or 206-685-5127


Dia de los Muertos Recap

On November 1st, the Kelly ECC celebrated Dia de los Muertos by learning about it’s history and hosting the purepecha mothers from conesjo cultural counitario Tzintzuntzan. They created a community altar in our center for people to ring pictures or momentos of loved ones that have passed.

Julian Castro Luncheon Recap

Last week we had the Julian Castro Luncheon, The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center welcomed Julian Castro to our wonderful center where we had a luncheon for him and we invited students, staff, and faculty to join us.  Here are some pictures from the event.


Diversity Leadership Conference Recap

This past weekend the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center hosted their first Diversity Leadership Conference. The Diversity Leadership Conference is a conference that focuses on career skills involving diversity and leadership! Submit your application today to attend this exciting conference, dedicated to self exploration for the millennial generation.

Check out the recap video from this years conference!

Check out our First year Retreat Recap!

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Check out the Video Recap of the First Year Retreat!

The Kelly ECC took a group of dynamic students to Camp Sambica to participate in community building and leadership activities and workshops. It was an opportunity for new UW students to connect with each other and with returning students already in leadership positions at the university. Students spent two days of interactive training related to diversity concepts, knowledge, terms, and skill building with other student leaders from the ECC community.

Retreat Date: October 5th-6th, 2013

Retreat Location: Camp Sambica in Bellevue, WA