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UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity E-news
Winter 2013

From the Vice President and Vice Provost

Sheila Edwards Lange

Sheila Edwards Lange

Happy New Year to our alumni and friends! Winter quarter is just underway and it offers a great opportunity to connect with you. We are pleased to share the most recent OMA&D news and keep you informed about what is happening on campus.


On Campus

Tomorrow's University Today
During his annual address in October, UW President Michael K. Young launched a new initiative that outlines the University’s commitment to making a positive impact on local and global scales.  More...

New Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center To Open
After undergoing an extensive 1.5 year renovation, the new Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center will celebrate its grand opening Jan. 10-11. More...

Native Educators Gather for Listening Session
OMA&D, in collaboration with the Foster School of Business, recently engaged tribal educators in a conversation about how the UW can strengthen its recruitment and retention of Native students.  More...

Celebrating Diversity

Save the Date for EOP Celebration 2013
The 43rd annual EOP Celebration, Fête and Honors will be held Thurs., May 16, at the Husky Union Building. The event raises funds for student scholarships and recognizes the Charles E. Odegaard Award recipient. More...

MLK Day of Service
Members of the UW community are invited to join OMA&D staff and students as they honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of service, Jan. 21.  More...

Community Luncheons Welcome New Students
The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center hosted a series of annual community luncheons to connect freshmen and transfer students with faculty, staff and student leaders. More...

UW Celebrates Kwanzaa
The Black Student Commission, Black Student Union and the Kelly Cultural Center came together to host the UW’s annual Kwanzaa celebration at Kane Hall on Dec. 5.  More...

Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Celebrate Homecoming at Purple & Gold Tailgate
Alumni of color and friends gathered to celebrate UW Homecoming at the OMA&D Purple & Gold Tailgate at Safeco Field, Oct. 27.  More...

Bridge Receives First UW Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award
Nominated for the award by OMA&D and a supporter of diversity at the UW, Herb Bridge, ’47, was honored for his naval service, as well as his commitment to public service and philanthropy.  More...

EOP Alums Team Up as Editor, Artist for Book Series
David Ga’oupu Palaita, ’03, and Toka Valu, ’09, are co-founders of a series of anthologies aimed to connect students in Pacific studies courses across the globe. The second book, “Matamai2: Intersecting Knowledge Across the Diaspora,” was published in September.   More...

Join the Husky Alumni Recruitment Team
Attention alumni! Looking for a way to give back to OMA&D? Become a recruitment volunteer and assist with outreach efforts for prospective UW students. More...

Student Spotlight

Fomban Using Fellowship to Improve Cancer Diagnoses
Bioengineering Ph.D. student Nuvala Fomban, who grew up in the African country of Cameroon, is inspired to improve how infectious diseases and cancer are diagnosed and monitored. More...

My Ta Receives Scholastic Achievement Award
The UW freshman and former Educational Talent Search student was named a 2012 recipient of the Friends of the Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs Scholastic Achievement Award.  More...


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