Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment
Student Ambassadors work as a team and collaboratively with the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment staff to deliver educational outreach services to underrepresented ethnic minority communities.
Ambassadors are engaged in creative, empowerment-based projects to encourage high school and middle school students to pursue higher education. Ambassadors develop and assist with programs on campus within target communities, middle schools and high schools to present diverse student perspectives, motivational workshops, and information regarding the UW admissions process, financial aid, academic requirements, and University resources.
In the 1998 election year, Washington State passed Initiative 200. I-200 is an act relating to prohibiting government entities from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. With the passing of I-200, many students rallied to devise strategies to counter what they knew would have a negative impact on our already declining underrepresented student population.
In 1999 the Student Outreach Ambassador Program was created from a student initiate. The Student Outreach Ambassador Program has
evolved from its beginning as an all volunteer organization, to its present day structure of a paid team of Student Ambassadors with support from Recruitment and Outreach staff, and a webmaster.
Since the program’s inception, we have experienced various levels of success and continue to strive to be the very best among peer institutions and comparable programs. The Ambassador Program was awarded the 2002 Brotman Diversity Award in recognition of their exemplary advancement of the diversity of our university community and in June 2003, Recruitment and Outreach staff members traveled to San Francisco, CA to feature our model program at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.
Although the UW has experienced mixed results regarding admission statistics from underrepresented students, we are focused on our work and the qualitative impact we make on prospective and currently enrolled students. We will continue to work with individual students in need and hope that our efforts will prepare students for the new challenges of gaining admission to our state institutions, and looking forward to a successful college career.
University of Washington
Student Outreach Ambassadors
459A Schmitz Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-5845
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-5845