Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment

Shades of Purple


Shades of Purple is a student conference for underrepresented minority high school rising seniors (class of 2020) who are interested in attending the University of Washington – Seattle. The program focuses its resources on serving the following underrepresented minority groups: African American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Polynesian, Micronesian) Southeast Asian, (Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, Hmong, Mien, etc.) Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native.
“Shades of Purple in the Community” was created to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue higher education as well as to give them the opportunity to experience the UW. Participants will meet future classmates, learn about campus programs, and discover the diversity and unity that exists within the UW community. You are guaranteed a lot of fun and a rewarding, worthwhile experience!

Note: Application and participation is open to all students regardless of race/ethnic background. We will not be providing overnight accommodations for the Seattle sessions.

Target Group

Underrepresented minority high school rising seniors.

Event Dates and Locations

If you cannot provide your own lodging and transportation to the Seattle location we encourage you to attend a Shades of Purple nearest you! Please note, due to funding, if a session does not have enough interest we will cancel it. Please be sure to register early.

Seattle I: July 17th & 18th
Wenatchee: July 30th
Spokane: July 30th
Moses Lake: July 31st
Tri-Cities: July 31st
Othello-UW Commons: August 2nd
Yakima: August 8th
Seattle II: August 13th & 14th




Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Schmitz Hall 375
Seattle, WA 98195

Phone: (206) 221-6463