Meet the Recruitment & Outreach Team!

The R&O team of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity is dedicated to compassionate student service, community outreach and quality student programs that will prepare students for the rigorous UW applications process. Learn more about each team member by clicking their picture!

Stephanie Y. Miller

Assistant Vice President for Recruitment, Outreach and Pre-College Programs

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Attended: Garfield High School (The James A. Garfield!)

Major: BA in Anthropology, Western Washington University

Graduate Studies: Policy Studies, UW Bothell

About Stephanie: Stephanie has a wide range of experience in Enrollment services and Administration at the University of Washington. She has helped coach and mentor some of the most influential leaders in the UW community both on and off campus which is a particular point of pride and passion for her.

What I'm reading right now: "Island Beneath the Sea" by Isabel Allende

What I love about UW: Everything about UW is constantly evolving and presents new opportunities for growth!

Merissa Tatum

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Outreach

Hometown: Olympia, WA

Attended: Northwest Christian High School

Major: BA in Sociology

Graduate Degree: M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

About Merissa: I am so blessed to be in the profession that I'm in, because I get to live out my passion each day! I love to help people figure out their short and long term goals, and develop the necessary steps to achieving them.

In my spare time, I enjoy music of all kinds, I'm a tv show junkie and I enjoy the company of good people.

Two interesting facts about me - my faith and love for Jesus Christ is the most important thing to me, and I'm absolutely obsessed with the color pink!

What I'm reading right now: "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander

What I love about UW: I love helping students pursue their dreams of going to college! Regardless of their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, or if they’re first generation: all students should have access to higher education. Seeing them go from high school through the application process, to having them join us on campus the following fall… makes my job worthwhile! I have an obligation to give back to my community, paving the way for the next generation to come!

Carlos D. Gonzalez

Assistant Director, Pre-College Programs

Hometown: Mabton, WA

Attended: Mabton High School

Major: BA in Sociology

About Carlos: In my spare time I enjoy reading and watching documentaries on historical events and people. I prefer college sports over the pros.

What I'm reading right now: "1493" by Charles Mann

What I love about UW: I love the large size of this institution. To me it means it has so much to offer!

Tommy Segundo

Outreach Admissions Counselor & American Indian/Alaska Native Recruitment Coordinator

Tommy visits students all over the state of Washington.

Hometown: Seattle, WA (Skyway represent!)

Attended: Renton High School

Major: BA in Sociology

About Tommy: I am a proud father of two and am passionate about my work to provide higher education access to disadvantaged communities especially those from indigenous communities.

What I'm reading right now: "Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin

What I love about UW: The diversity. This institution attracts people from all over the globe. You can meet people from all walks of life and learn about so many different cultures outside of the classroom. This will only add to your education.

Candice N. Garza

Outreach Admissions Counselor & Hispanic/Latino Recruitment Coordinator

Candice visits students from eastern Washington.

Hometown: Othello, WA

Attended: Othello High School

Major:BA in English

About Candice: There is nothing about Seattle Candice doesn't love. From Starbucks to the Seahawks, she is proud to rep the UW and its city in all areas she recruits. Her faith and family are what keep her strong and she is passionate about sports and how they affect international culture.

What I'm reading right now: "Onward" by Howard Schultz

What I love about UW: Opportunity. There is so much to explore and discover at UW! It gave me the chance to do some amazing things, including study abroad and an internship with the Seattle Mariners. I found what I was passionate about and found rescources to help me tap into that passion. It really changed my life for the better!

Va'eomatoka "Toka" Valu

Outreach Admissions Counselor & Pacific Islander Recruitment Coordinator

Toka visits students in South King County and the greater South Puget Sound Region

Hometown: Lapaha, Tongatapu by way of Kent, WA

Attended: Kent Meridian High School

Major: BA in Sociology

Minor: Diversity

About Toka: Toka works closely with the Our Future Matters Youth Advocacy Group in Burien/White Center in addition to teaching cultural dance in his local Tongan community. Toka is an avid student of the arts and devotes as much time to it as possible while also making sure he helps his fiance in planning their upcoming wedding this July - catch Toka on the road and say hi!

What I'm reading right now: "The Gods of Guilt" by Michael Connelly

What I love about UW: The size...while it may be overwhelming to most, it simply means there's a lot to discover here each and every day!