Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

The Womxn of Color Reception (WOCR) is a collaborative luncheon event that was started in partnership with UW’s Women’s Center, the QCenter, and Housing & Food Services to provide an honoring, celebratory, sharing, and community building space for womxn of color at the University of Washington campus. WOCR provides an opportunity for faculty/staff womxn of color to engage each other and recognize all their accomplishments on and off the UW campus.  Now going on its 17th year, the committee continues to grow and reflect the embodiment of strong, passionate womxn of color on our campus. This lunch reception features a keynote address, catered luncheon, visual displays, and light refreshments. Check out the program and gallery from this year’s event below! 

2019 WOCR Photos


Kayla Huddleston

Kayla’s interest and passion lies in envisioning spectacular futures free from oppression and injustice. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Washington, Kayla spent the following two years reading magnificent works of science fiction from Black womxn authors. These works influenced her Master’s in Social Work Thesis: Afrofuturism as Applied to Self-Perception, where she assessed how a literary work of science fiction that places black bodies in the center of the narrative, impacted how Black college students perceive themselves. Now, although she spends most of her time working at an institution of higher education and playing with her nephews, Kayla takes every opportunity she gets to guest teach in social work courses on her favorite three things: Social Justice, Science Fiction and Social Work!

Ralina Joseph

Dr. Joseph is a scholar, teacher, and facilitator of race and communication. She is a decorated Professor having already written two books with two more that she’s currently working on. Dr. Joseph participates in a wide variety of diversity-related campus issues, including initiating the Department of Communication’s Communication and Difference Course arc, founding the University’s Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity, and co-founding WIRED (Women Investigating Race, Ethnicity, and Difference), a group for UW tenure-track faculty working in the areas of difference. Dr. Joseph teaches several classes in both the undergraduate and graduate worlds, and not to mention mentors and develops our up and coming intellectuals! Stop by the UBookstore table and support Dr. Joseph’s work by purchasing a copy of her new book!

Chera Amlag

Owner and self-taught pastry chef of Hood Famous Bakeshop, Chera enjoys bringing community together around food and utilizing our taste buds to express culture. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, she found baking with tropical flavors and incorporating them into popular American desserts was not only a homage to her Filipino American identity, but also made for a memorable sweet experience. It’s been a playful journey since opening their kitchen doors and a wonderful outlet to meet and collaborate with a larger audience. Most recently, Chera and her husband received the 2015 Visionary Leadership Award from Northwest Asian Weekly for their pop up, and the 2016 International Examiners Readers Choice Award – Best Desserts for Hood Famous Bakeshop.