UW GenOM Project
Office of Research
Gerberding Hall G76
Seattle, WA 98195-2120
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|From 1999-2002, Ms. Peterson was the Director of BRIDGES4, a comprehensive support program for underrepresented students in the health, life, and social sciences. She expanded this program from its very beginning to serve over 350 students, offering tutoring, pre-freshman Boot Camp, academic advising, undergraduate research, travel scholarships, and more.
In the summer of 2002, Ms. Peterson was recruited to run a new outreach program for underrepresented students interested in genomics, the UW GenOM Project. This outreach effort is the first of its kind funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and is a national model for minority programs. It includes undergraduate and high school research, graduate student support, academic training in the life sciences, seminars, and partnerships with other minority outreach programs. With a retention rate of nearly 90%, the UW GenOM Project is making a substantial difference in the numbers of underrepresented students who are pursuing advanced degrees in the sciences.
Cheryl Allendoerfer has a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, and Master’s (MA) and Bachelor’s (BA) degrees in Cultural Anthropology. Her areas of interest include multicultural education, ethnic identity construction, and communities of practice. She has been conducting educational research and evaluation in STEM settings since 2004, including studies focusing on broadening the participation of underrepresented minorities. Cheryl has been working with the GenOM Project since 2010.
|Gregory (Chan-wook) Diggs has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration from UCLA. Greg has lived in over eight different states in the U.S. as well as Germany and South Korea. Greg has most recently moved from South Korea where he worked at Seoul National Universities as the Curriculum Coordinator for the IETTP (Teacher Training). In addition he served as the President of the M.A.C.K. Foundation (Movement of the Advancement of Cultural-diversity of Koreans). A grassroots organization that supports multicultural schools and increases recognition and awareness of the diversity of Koreans. His areas of interest include multicultural education, mixed-heritage, and social justice. Greg is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education, Multicultural Education program at the University of Washington. Greg has been working for the GenOM Project since March of 2014.|
|Elena Hernandez has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law, Societies and Justice with minors in Human Rights and International Studies from the University of Washington. She is originally from southern New Mexico and her main interest lies in social justice and race issues. Elena will graduate with her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs in June 2014 and will be handing over the reins as ALVA Coordinator to Greg Diggs after almost six years with the UW GenOM Project.|