UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity E-news
Spring 2015

From the Vice President and Vice Provost

Sheila Edwards Lange

Sheila Edwards Lange

Spring is a busy time of year for all of us affiliated with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. We recently celebrated the grand opening of our new Native American longhouse-style facility and now are getting ready to host the annual Kelly Lecture and EOP Celebration. We hope to see many of our alumni and friends in the coming weeks.


On Campus

Ana Mari Cauce Named Interim UW President
Cauce, a UW faculty member since 1986 who has held numerous leadership positions on campus, took over the role on March 3. More...
Join Us for EOP Celebration!
OMA&D and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program will celebrate student success and champions of diversity at this 45th annual event on May 7. More...
Tourist to Traveler: Kelly Lecture to Highlight Study Abroad
English professor Shawn Wong, who has led numerous UW study abroad classes including OMA&D’s 20th annual program in Rome last month, will examine the importance of this transformational student experience. More...
UW Community Walks Out for Black Lives Matter Movement
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members participated in a march to raise awareness of diversity issues, Feb. 25. UW journalism major Ashley Walls reported on the event for the Seattle Globalist. More...
In Memoriam
OMA&D mourns the passing of Lillian Iyall Chappell, member of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House Elders Committee and the first administrator in UW’s Department American Indian Studies. More...  

Celebrating Diversity

As Home for Native Learning Opens, A Dream is Realized
The two-day grand opening celebration for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House in March attracted hundreds of campus and community members. More...
Diversity Symposium Shares Progress, Plans for Future
Over 200 faculty and staff members from all three UW campuses came together to share and learn from the work being done to meet goals set by the UW Diversity Blueprint. More... 

Alumni Spotlight

Fukui-Sketchley to Receive Odegaard Award
A passionate advocate for diversity in the workforce and access to higher education, Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94, will receive the UW’s highest honor in diversity at EOP Celebration, May 7.  More...
Be The First
The UW is a launching pad for alumni of color to become the first in their fields to achieve remarkable milestones in business, law, politics, athletics and the community. More...

Student Spotlight

A Spring Break of Service
Salvador Gomez, a student mentor with OMA&D’s College Assistance Migrant Program, donated his spring break to working with children in rural Washington whose backgrounds reminded him of his own. More...
Early Life Challenges Become Hectic Schedule of Opportunity
From speaking engagements, classes, volunteering, working in the lab and starting his own company, mechanical engineering major David Coven is making the most of his opportunities. More...

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