Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program, located in Advising Counseling Services, is a division of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) promotes academic success and graduation for under-represented ethnic minority, economically disadvantaged and first generation college students at the University of Washington. EOP academic counselors are generalists, trained to successfully steward students through the selection and scheduling of classes, exploration of possible majors, and development of career goals. The EOP team also assists students with financial aid, housing, personal matters, and a host of additional supportive services.
OMA/D Mission Statement:
The mission of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to ensure the access and academic success of diverse populations through the advancement of knowledge, academic excellence, diversity, and the promotion of values, principles, and a climate that enriches the campus experience for all.
Our goal is to develop a trusted advising relationship which will allow us to work with you towards achieving your goals. Below is a listing of programs and services within the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity designed with you in mind which you may use as needed.
EOP Policies, Procedures and Expectations:
Additionally, we want to make you aware of some of our important operating policies, procedures and expectations which are in addition to the traditional University of Washington policies and procedures i.e. Satisfactory Academic Progress, high and low scholarship notifications, etc.
- Early Warning—Hold Procedures: A registration “hold” will be placed on your registration whenever your UW cumulative gpa is between a 2.00 and 2.49.
- In order to be eligible for OMA&D scholarships, you must be an active participant in OMA&D programs and services (many of which are listed above).
- As is true regarding faculty letters of recommendation, utilization of our programs and services and thus authentic familiarity with you will allow us to write you excellent letters of recommendations.
- Email communication and our ACS webpage are two of our primary methods of contacting you. Weekly communications about employment, internships, academic support, and funding opportunities will be sent via email. Please check your UW email on a weekly basis for information from our office.
Costco and You Diversity Scholars Event 2012
On February 12, 2012 at the Seattle University campus, University of Washington & Seattle University Costco Scholars practiced their career networking skills and learned about internship opportunities plus future career paths with companies supporting the Costco Scholarship Fund at the annual COSTCO & YOU Networking Event. Click here to read more >>
Successful Transition Program 2011
The Successful Transition Program (STP) is a year-long academic support program designed to facilitate student adjustment to college life at the University of Washington. STP is a well-rounded academic program comprised of workshops to enhance math, writing, and general academic skills. Participation in STP establishes an academic and social network with other first-year students and connects participants with university staff, faculty, and campus resources. Overall, STP helps participants to better understand academic expectations, increase self-confidence, and ease the transition from high school to college.
This year’s program included a five day and four night trip to Camp Orkila
in the San Juan Islands. Through outdoor experiential education and group exercises, participants developed a network of peer support through community building and dialogue group. Participants in this program will build relationships with peers that are critical to academic success.
2011 Spring Recognition Reception
The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Academic Counseling Services (Educational Opportunity Program, Trio Student Support Services and College Assistance Migrant Program) hosted its Annual Spring Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the University of Washington. This annual event recognizes outstanding undergraduate students’ academic achievements.
Students received certificates from Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange, Vice President and Vice Provost, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. Advisors presented twenty six student Merit Awards and three High Scholar Awards. Carol Bailey, President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Educational Opportunity Program, presented the Honor Award.The recipients of the inaugural Faculty and Staff Awards were Dr. Rachel R. Chapman, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Global Health and Lisa A. Whitehead, Counselor, Office of Student Financial Aid.
The event culminated with the annual presentation of the George Newsome Humanitarian Memorial Scholarship. George was a beloved academic advisor and student counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program and a fierce advocate for students in higher education.