The face of diversiTy aT The UniversiTy of WashingTon FALL 2009 Familiar Faces TransForm a Familiar space Former ecc sTUDenTs leaD THe proJecT To reBUilD THe eTHnic cUlTUral cenTer 4333 BrookLyn AVEnuE n.E. SEAttLE, WA 98195-9508 PhonE: 206-543-0540 FAx: 206-685-0611 E-mAiL: VWPointS@u.WAShington.EDu VIEWPOINTS ON THE WEB: UWalum.com/viewpoints VIEWPOINTS STAFF PublIShEr Paul Rucker EXECuTIVE EDITOr Sue Brockmann EDITOr Jon Marmor GrAPhIC DESIGNErS Michele Locatelli, Jenica Wilkie EDITOrIAl INTErN Kelly Gilblom lIAISON TO OFFICE OF MINOrITy AFFAIrS AND DIVErSITy Stephanie Y. Miller STAFF WrITErS Courtney Acitelli, Derek Belt CONTrIbuTING WrITErS Julie H. Case, Julie Garner, Shannon Messenger, Ina Zajac PhOTOGrAPhy Mary Levin, Karen Orders VIEWPOINTS ADVISOry COMMITTEE Paul Rucker, ’95, ’02 Executive Director, UWAA, Chair Sue Brockmann, ’72 Director of Marketing, Communications and Revenue Development, UWAA Malik Davis, ’94 Associate Director of Constituent Relations, UWAA aking students of color feel at home is one of the University of Wash- Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94 ington’s priorities. By providing places like the Ethnic Cultural Center President-Elect, UWAA Board of Trustees; Corporate Diversity Affairs Specialist, Nordstrom (above) and mentoring services through The Graduate School’s Graduate Roger L. Grant Board Member, Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program, the University makes the campus a Multicultural Alumni Partnership Juan C. Guerra welcome place. Stories, pages 6-9. Associate Dean, The Graduate School David Iyall Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange, ’00, ’06 Vice President for Minority Affairs DEPARTMENTS and Vice Provost for Diversity Tamara Leonard Associate Director, Center for Global Studies, Jackson School of International Studies 4 Points of View 14 SPotLight: Stephanie Y. Miller the tavon Center Assistant Vice President, 10 360° View Community and Public Relations, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity 15 A View from the 12-13 FACES: uWAA ON ThE COVEr: Eddie Pasatiempo, ’77 President, UWAA Board of Trustees Bob Charlo Sam Cameron, Sam McPhetres and Donna Lou 16 mAP Bridging the Alex Rolluda of Rolluda Architects put Lois Price Spratlen, ’76 UW Ombudsman Emeritus and gap Breakfast their heads together as they work on Ombudsman Emeritus for Sexual Harassment; Board Member, the design of the new Ethnic Cultural Multicultural Alumni Partnership Center. Photo by Karen Orders. 2 viewpoints THE FACE OF DIVERSITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. FOUNDED 2004 snapshot A Dream Begins to Take Shape Delbert Miller of the Skokomish Tribal Nation opens the April 10 Land Blessing Ceremony for the University of Washington’s House of Knowledge before a crowd of several hundred “Building a longhouse people that included tribal leaders, members of many tribal nations and people from the here is one of the University community. “Building a longhouse here is one of the greatest steps you could ever take for education,” Miller told the crowd, which included former Gov. Dan Evans, ’48, greatest steps you ’49, artist and faculty member Marvin Oliver and author Sherman Alexie. The UW plans to could ever take for start construction in the near future. Participating in the land blessing ceremony are (from left) Charlotte Coté, associate professor of American Indian Studies and chair of the House education.” of Knowledge Planning Advisory Committee; Sheila Edwards Lange, ’00, ’06, vice president and vice provost, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity; Miller, the event’s master of ceremonies; and undergraduate student Emma Noyes of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Photographed April 10, 2009 on the UW campus by Anil Kapahi. viewpoints 3 I n this 15th year of MAP’s Bridging the Gap Break- fast, there are several events and developments that O must be recognized. Sadly, this will be the first year since the Samuel E. Kelly Award was established in 1997 n July 27, 2009, we that he cannot be present. He contributed so much to the celebrated the life of the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs for students of color and and Diversity’s founder and first from economically disad- “I want to express Vice President, Dr. Samuel E. Kelly. vantaged backgrounds. our thanks for the We were honored that the Kelly But his legacy continues family chose to have this celebration to inspire us to pursue support we have on the UW campus that Dr. Kelly his and MAP’s goals of received over the loved so much. He used to say, “Come to the UW, it greater diversity, oppor- will change your life.” Dr. Sam, as the students called tunity and inclusion in all past 15 years.” him, served 22 years in the U.S. Army and was the areas of the University. first African American hired in the Washington State Community College system. When he became the first It is noteworthy that Dr. Kelly joined the UW in 1970, African American senior administrator at the UW in just before the Ethnic Cultural Center was completed. 1970, students of color were 7 percent of the student Since that time, the center has grown to serve more than body. Today, they make up 30 percent. 60 UW student organizations. That is one example of how the University has responded to the Provost Phyllis Wise, speaking on needs of students. behalf of the University admin- istration, talked about Dr. On behalf of the MAP board points Kelly’s leadership, his inspiration, and advisers, I want to express vision and heart. Former Vice Pres- our thanks for the support we ident and Provost Rusty Barceló have received over the past 15 commented that Dr. Sam set a of view years. Our scholarship endow- positive process in motion that ment reached almost $300,000 will be continued. Dr. Quintard before the recession-led decline Taylor, having just completed in endowment value. Through our Dr. Kelly’s autobiography, noted Breakfast fundraising, we have that the story was one of enor- awarded nearly $20,000 annu- mous triumph and that his life is ally in scholarships to deserving a prism through which we can look at students. Including this year, we will have honored nearly the major events of the 20th and 21st centuries. If you would 80 distinguished alumni and community leaders, and like to view the Celebration of Dr. Kelly’s life, please visit seven organizations that have contributed to diversity and www.uwtv.org/programs. opportunity in our region. The models Dr. Kelly developed in higher education were We continue to work with the UW Alumni Association, unique and first of its kind. As we move forward with the the Office of Minority Affairs Ethnic Cultural Center Building Project and other diversity initia- and Diversity and other campus tives such as the House of Knowledge, we will be reminded departments to reach out to of his legacy and contributions. Diversity is a core value of the alumni of color. These support- University of Washington and we will continue to embrace ive relationships, and your the philosophy that excellence is impossible to achieve ongoing support, will sustain without diversity. the success of MAP well into the future. ShEiLA EDWArDS LAngE, Ph.D., ’00, ‘06 Vice President for Minority Affairs With sincere appreciation, Vice Provost for Diversity thADDEuS h. SPrAtLEn, Ph.D. MAP President, 2009–10 You can support the Samuel E. Kelly Endowed Scholarship by going to: http://uwfoundation.org/diversity You can support the Multicultural Alumni Partnership Endowed Scholarship by going to www.washington.edu/ alumni/meet/groups/map.html 4 viewpoints THE LEGACY OF SAM KELLY 1926—2009 THE UW’S FIRST VP FOR MINORITY AFFAIRS OPENED THE DOORS OF DIVERSITY By JuLiE gArnEr Few people have the personal courage to speak truth the way Samuel E. kelly, ’71, did to university of Washington President Charles odegaard in 1970. Tapped to lead a new minority affairs pro- gram at the UW, Kelly told Odegaard that he would take the position only if he could grow the program even during economic downturns, if he got the budget he needed, and only if he was ap- pointed vice president for the Office “He was a of Minority Affairs. “I didn’t want my office to be behind the football man with stadium in a little shed,“ he recalled in a taped oral history project about a very, very social justice and the history of di- versity at the UW. big heart.” Kelly, who died July 6 at the age of 83, was a trailblazing titan for diversity who cracked open doors virtually closed to students, faculty and staff of color at the UW. Thousands of minority and economically disadvan- taged students who have earned degrees from the Samuel E. Kelly, ’71, was the UW’s first vice president of minority affairs. He died July 6th at the UW over the past 30-plus years did so supported age of 83. Photograph courtesy of Donna Kelly. by programs that Kelly pioneered. Kelly himself earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the UW in 1971. provocative. Eventually, though, most people underrepresented minorities and economically A lifelong advocate of education and a retired found there was another side to him—a warm disadvantaged students,” Pitre recalls. lieutenant colonel with 22 years in the U.S. Army, and deeply caring side. Sheila Edwards Lange, ’00, ’06, the current Kelly gave the position everything he had for Pitre first met Kelly when he was a UW gradu- vice president of OMA&D, remembers when she almost a decade, working with discipline and cre- ate student. “When Sam and I met, we didn’t was the interim vice president and had applied ativity to increase the numbers of underrepresent- meet on great terms, but it turned into a great for the permanent position. Kelly invited her to ed students at the UW and to ensure their success. friendship and he served as a mentor for me for dinner. “It was kind of like an interview,” she “It’s 39 years later, and diversity is one of the six many years. He had great compassion,” he says. recalls. Later, after she was appointed to the core values of the UW. Sam Kelly did the ground- Like many grad students, Pitre and his family position, she discovered that Kelly had written a work,” says Emile Pitre, ’69, associate vice presi- were scraping by. Then tragedy befell the Pitres supportive letter on her behalf, one she had not dent for minority affairs. when their young daughter died. “We decided solicited. “It was so kind,” she says. “He was a Today, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity to take the body to Louisiana to bury her there, man with a very, very big heart.” (OMA&D) continues to offer programs that carry but we lacked the finances to do so. We bor- Contributions can be made to the Samuel E. on Kelly’s legacy. In 2005, an annual lecture series rowed money and took her anyway. While we Kelly Endowed Scholarship Fund. Visit was begun to honor Kelly’s contributions. were away, Sam collected money and when we re- www.uwfoundation.org/SamKelly. Personally and professionally, Kelly was a study turned, we had the money to cover our expenses. in contrasts. He was known for his straight-talk- He was a good man and I’ll always be grateful Julie Garner is a Seattle-area freelance writer ing, no-nonsense style, an approach some found for what he did for me and for the many, many, who writes frequently for Viewpoints 5 viewpoints Where “We are an educational, leadership and resource center.This is a laboratory of learning, civic students engagement, and center of leadership formation.” feel right This architectural model shows what the new Ethnic Cultural Center will look like when it opens in 2012. Photo by Karen Orders. at home leaders of tomorrow. While this mission remains the same, a big change is coming to the ECC. In the spring of 2010, the ECC will be razed and a new, three-story center will be built on the existing site at 3931 Brooklyn Ave. N.E. in Seattle. The new Ethnic Cultural Center will be if what the poet Christian morgenstern says almost triple the size of the current structure, with A new Ethnic Cultural is true: “home is not where you live, but completion set for August 2011. (During construc- Center will provide more where they understand you,” then the Ethnic tion, ECC functions will most likely be relocated to Cultural Center has been home for thousands Condon Hall.) space and the same kind of students of color at the “We are an educational, of encouragement and university of Washington leadership and resource center. support that means so over the past 38 years. “Home is not This is a laboratory of learning, much to students of color Completed in 1972, the where you live, civic engagement, and center ECC was erected to serve a of leadership formation,” says small number of minority stu- but where they ECC Director Victor Flores. This By JuLiE gArnEr dents. But today, more than 60 understand you.” bedrock mission originated from student groups in 22 offices the demands the Black Student use the building. Union presented to UW Presi- The center has always been a place where dent Charles Odegaard in 1968 for a center on students from underrepresented communities can campus for academic and cultural development. find familiar faces similar to themselves, staff who What the Black Student Union might not have care about their academic and personal well- foreseen was how significant an effect the ECC being, and where students can meet, interact, and would have on the students who used it. For build community. At the ECC, students learn lead- instance, earlier this year, a former ECC student ership-development skills, share and understand leader, John Amaya, ’01, ’05, took part in high- different cultural perspectives, and become the level discussions in Washington, D.C., to seek the 6 viewpoints confirmation of a Puerto Rican American, Sonia Sotomayor, to the U.S. Supreme Court. He credits his experience at the ECC with helping him get where he is today—a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice. “What I got out of the ECC was instant com- munity,” Amaya says. “I learned from and grew with students who looked like me, who had simi- lar experiences.” He was also appointed as the Student Regent on the UW Board of Regents, an experience he says would not have been pos- sible without the leadership lessons he learned at the ECC. “What I got out of the ECC was instant The team at Rolluda Architects working on the Ethnic Cultural Center are (from left) Sam McPhetres, Larry McFarland, Taine Wilton, Alex Rolluda (seated), Sam Cameron, and Dennis community. I learned Christianson. Photo by Karen Orders. from and grew with for diversity, is delighted the architects are ECC McPhetres was homesick when a friend told alumni. “They understand firsthand the signifi- him about the Micronesian Islands Club at the students who looked cance that the building has in contributing to the UW’s Ethnic Cultural Center. After McPhetres like me, who had recruitment and retention of students of color,” visited the ECC, his college experience quickly she explains. improved. “Because of the family I formed, I similar experiences.” The architects’ personal experience informs persevered and now, years later, I am part of the their work to ensure the same strong sense of future ECC,” he says proudly. community that has meant so much to students Funding for the building is bundled with two A Seattle firm, Rolluda Architects, has been in the past. Intern Architect McPhetres is a case other capital projects at the UW: the Husky awarded the project of rebuilding the ECC, and in point. When McPhetres came to the UW from Union Building (HUB) and Hall Health. Money for brings special insight to the work. The firm’s the Pacific Island of Saipan, he was shocked and all three projects comes in part from a student principal, Alex Rolluda, ’89; project manager Sam overwhelmed by the size and population of the fee increase of $95 per student that was autho- Cameron, ’75; and Sam McPhetres, ’99, ’07, an University of Washington. rized by the Board of Regents this past summer. intern architect with the firm, bring deep under- “It was the first time I had ever operated a park- to keep up on the progress of the standing of the project’s importance to students. ing meter. I turned the knob like I had seen on TV Ethnic Cultural Center project, All three were part of the ECC during their years and the yellow flag popped up saying ‘you’re ille- visit www.washington.edu/diversity. at the UW. gally parked.’ I didn’t know I had to turn the knob Sheila Edwards Lange, ’00, ’06, the UW’s vice that last little bit. It may be insignificant to some, Julie Garner’s last piece for Viewpoints was the president for minority affairs and vice provost but it was culture shock for me,” he recalls. special Spring 2009 issue on “40 to Watch” What about the murals? One of the first questions that comes up when the rebuilding of the Ethnic Cultural Center is mentioned is: what will happen to the murals? The ECC, which opened in 1972, has four multipurpose rooms, named after one of the four major ethnic groups: Asian/Pacific Islander Room; Chicano Room; Native American Room; and Black Room. Each has a wall-sized mural. The murals are perhaps the most beloved physical feature of the ECC. Although there are some problems with asbestos, the planning committee is working with the architects to explore options for incorporating the murals in some form into the new building. — Julie Garner Students of all generations love the murals, like this one in the Native American Room. Photo by Kathy Sauber. 7 viewpoints Graduate student Eligio Martinez Jr. has benefited greatly by working with his mentor, Frances Contreras. Photo by Karen Orders. ere it not for her mentor, shaping Summer Lockerbie, ’01, ’04, would not be working on nuclear non-proliferation right now. Perhaps she’d be work- ing in industrial science, for students & a company like 3m, Dow or Exxonmobil, instead of trying to combat and detect weapons of mass destruction before they enter the united States. the sYstem Like Lockerbie, who was mentored by Paul Panet- ta, a scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab- oratory, students at the University of Washington have for years benefited from mentoring—whether it is formal or informal, peer-to-peer, faculty-to-stu- dent or professional-to-student. While many people MENTORING MAKES AN IMPACT FOR may think of mentoring as career focused, at the university level mentorship goes beyond that. It pre- UW GRADUATE STUDENTS OF COLOR pares students—especially graduate students—to succeed and provides valuable guidance on how to handle life at a major public university. By JuLiE h. CASE For graduate students from underrepresented communities, mentorship can be even more critical. 8 viewpoints “I think academia is very difficult to navigate, and a lot of students of color and underrepresent- ed minorities don’t have familial resources—such as parents who went to graduate school—so they don’t really have some of the ways of know- ing what mainstream students do,” says Sabrina Bonaparte, a sociology grad student. “Being a woman of color in a classroom, some- times I hesitate to voice my opinion or provide an alternative perspective,” Bonaparte says. “The conversations I have with my mentors (as I have multiple) allow me to talk about my work or my position as a graduate student, freely, outside of the classroom setting, in an environment where I feel more comfortable to speak openly.” While individual departments offer mentorship opportunities to graduate students, the Graduate School and GO-MAP—the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program—play a critical role in helping students of color survive at the UW. “For underrepresented minority students— Biochemistry Professor David Kimelman (right) has been mentoring graduate student Savannah Benally. many of whom are often just one of one or two Photo by Karen Orders. underrepresented students in their department— GO-MAP provides a university-wide community Rebecca Aanerud, ’90, ’93, ’98, assistant dean of or how to attend a conference or present a paper. that gives them a sense of belonging and a chance the Graduate School. Not only do relationships Mentors from the community may offer students to meet students of color from other departments sometimes fall apart, students’ needs change dur- advice on how to enter the job market and much in social settings that are very inviting,” says Juan ing their academic career. more. Guerra, associate dean of the Graduate School “Mentoring at the graduate level will change One of Lockerbie’s mentors, Paul Panetta, not and director of GO-MAP. in the course of somebody’s graduate educa- only helped shape her decision to work for the In fact, says Guerra, such mentorship goes be- tion,” Aanerud says. “So the mentoring that has Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he provided yond helping students survive; it helps them thrive. to happen when students first enter is going to be guidance on how to effectively handle political Mentoring represents a signature service of the different than when they are finishing up course and sticky situations. UW Graduate School that has garnered national work, when they are doing exams, when they are “I used him a lot as a sounding board for how attention. In fact, the UW Graduate School is the working on their dissertation.” to deal with difficult situations or interactions with first organization to become a “columnist” for In- That’s where the Graduate School and GO- other people—my advisers, or other grad stu- side Higher Edu- MAP come in: they provide dents, for example,” says Lockerbie. “He provided cation, a major students the opportunity to a lot of guidance for me on how to handle things national online publication. “I don’t really come together from across campus and meet other gracefully; how to smoothly interact and be aware of political situations and such, and those pieces “I don’t really think I’d be here think I’d be here grad students and faculty. GO-MAP, for example, helps are valuable to me still today.” More than just serving as a sounding board, if I didn’t have if I didn’t have students in different fields Panetta critiqued Lockerbie as she prepared to good mentors,” figure out how to navigate says Bonaparte. good mentors.” very similar issues, from how present papers to scientific audiences, and even went so far as to become a member of her doc- To combat the to choose a mentor—be it in toral committee. heavy work- chemistry or fine art—to how Over the past 20 years, the percentage of loads and stress associated with grad school, to prepare for graduate exams. minority enrollment in the UW Graduate School Bonaparte’s adviser, Sociology Professor Charles As part of its drive to address the needs of un- has steadily increased—from 7 percent in 1988 Hirschman, has helped her manage her workload, derrepresented students, GO-MAP also offers two to nearly 18 percent in 2008. (The fastest growth given her guidance and helped her set realistic brown-bag lunch seminars—Voices in Academia in minority graduate student enrollment has oc- goals for work projects. He also introduces her and Voices in the Community—which connect curred since 2004, when enrollment was 14.1 to colleagues at professional conferences and via faculty, staff or community members with a small percent.) With the strength of the Graduate e-mail so she has the opportunity to meet the big group of students for discussions. Voices in Aca- School’s mentoring initiatives, it’s clear that gradu- names in the field, which she likely wouldn’t have demia, in particular, enables students to connect ate students of color at the UW will continue to the opportunity to do otherwise. with faculty outside of their department. experience more success than ever before. The kind of mentoring students need dur- Faculty mentors provide guidance on subjects ing their academic career is always in flux, says such as how to publish a scholarly research paper Julie H. Case is a Seattle-area freelance writer 9 viewpoints 360° ViEw: diVersitY from eVerY angle MILESTONES American indian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences has been elevated to departmental status. Although AIS classes have been offered at the UW since 1970, the creation of the department will help strengthen existing relationships with tribal leaders and attract prospective students. the Q Center, which serves the University of Washington’s LGBTQI campus population, marked its fifth anniversary on March 5. Seattle Attorney Jenny Durkan, ’85, was nominated by President Obama to become U.S. Attorney for Western Washington. If confirmed, she will become the first openly FROM TINY ISLAND TO BIG NEWS gay U.S. Attorney in the nation’s history. John n. Vinson became the University of In November, Johnson Toribiong, ’72, ’73, was elected president of Palau, an island nation Washington’s first African American police in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles east of the Philippines. A former ambassador to Taiwan with chief when he was hired Feb. 23 to replace Juris Doctor and Master of Law degrees from the UW School of Law, he was one of the the retired Vicki Stormo. best-known criminal defense lawyers in the nation of 20,000 inhabitants—but little-known outside of Palau. the national oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posthumously recognized That changed in June, when, 120 days into his term, he offered to take 13 Chinese Mus- Bell M. Shimada, ’56, for his achievements in lims who had been jailed at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. Toribiong, a former U.S. At- oceanography by naming a research vessel in torney, says the men—ethnic Uighurs—were unfairly jailed for years without a trial and are his honor. Born in Seattle of Japanese immi- no longer considered dangerous terrorists. —Kelly Gilblom grant parents, Shimada was a Photo by Itsuo Inouye/AP Wide World Photos fishery research biologist who researched the spawning and feeding patterns of tuna. the uW was named Government Agency IN MEMORY of the Year by the ricardo Aguirre, ’63, a former Husky foot- tak t. Seto, ’53, regional director of govern- Northwest Minority ball star and longtime Chicano/Latino social ment and international affairs at The Boeing Supplier Develop- activist, died July 3. A founding member of Company, died Jan. 6. He moved to the United ment Council for El Centro de la Raza in 1972, he was instru- States from Japan in his 20s and earned a nearly doubling the mental in paving the way for the Educational degree in business from the UW. He was 80. amount of money Opportunity Program and Office of Minority Daniel V. thayer, ’86, who assisted local Tribes it spends on diverse Affairs at the UW. He was 72. in his work at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office companies. Jack S. Calvo, ’34, an avid world traveler in Everett, died Feb. 2. He was 64. oscar Eason Jr., a whose parents were among the first Turkish Frank S. “Bonsey” yanagimachi, ’48, recipi- member of the UW Presi- settlers in Seattle, died March 13. He was 94. ent of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals dent’s Minority Commu- mary Pang, a former UW during World War II, died Jan. 7. He nity Advisory Committee student who owned a worked at KING Broadcasting for 35 and recipient of the Multi- Seattle frozen-food business, years. He was 89. cultural Alumni Partner- ship’s 2006 Dr. Samuel E. died March 6 at the age of margaret misao yasuda, ’50, a Kelly Award, was reap- 87. Known for her superb former nurse with the King County pointed for a second term Chinese cooking, Pang and Public Health Department, died May 29. as chair of the Washington her husband turned a small She worked in the county’s well-baby State Commission on Afri- family business into a million- clinic, travel immunizations and visiting can American Affairs by Gov. dollar enterprise. nurse division. She was 85. Chris Gregoire, ’71. 10 viewpoints A painting by Alfredo Arreguin, ’67, ’69, “The Return to Aztlan,” has been installed in one of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collections. The work depicts historical Mexican labor activists, referring to both the mythical homeland of the Aztec people and the cultural realm of greater Mexico. PEOPLE iN THE NEwS Uw TACOMA Annie Lam, ’97, was honored with the Shirley and rob Piñón, UW School of Dentistry Herb Bridge Endowed Professorship for Women in student, received the first Pacific Continen- Pharmacy this past fall. She plans to use the funds tal Bank Partner in Diversity scholarship. The to help establish a new medication-therapy-man- award recognizes one student seeking to Students in a uW tacoma class learned agement training and consultation program in the address oral health disparities. Piñón has lived about multicultural issues in special education UW School of Pharmacy. and studied around the world, including as a last spring with help from a panel of campus missionary for several years in South America. staff and student leaders. Laura Feuerborn, JPmorgan Chase & Co. named Phyllis Campbell, He will use the scholarship to educate ethnic assistant professor of education, invited six ’87, as the new chairman of the Pacific Northwest minorities on the importance of proper oral staff members and students to speak to her region. She previously served as the president and health care. class about their experiences with multicul- CEO of The Seattle Foundation. norm rice, ’72, ’74, has been named presi- tural education. “Hopefully, my students Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange was appointed 2010 dent and CEO of The Seattle Foundation. He gained additional perspectives and a deeper president-elect of Women in Engineering ProActive had been chairman of Enterprise Community understanding of some of the more contro- Network Science and Engineering. She was also Partners, a national affordable housing non- versial issues involved in educating exceptional appointed to the Board of Director’s for the Susan profit. He is also a distinguished visiting students with diverse backgrounds,” Feuer- G. Komen for the Cure Puget Sound Affiliate. practitioner at the UW’s Evans School of born says. Staff from the Office of Student the Asian Bar Association of Washington Public Affairs. Involvement participated, along with leaders honored David K. Y. Tang, a UW Foundation Board from UW Tacoma’s student groups. three uW graduates were inducted into the member, with its President’s Award. Tang, a part- Garfield High School Golden Graduate Hall of ner at K&L Gates, is the first Asian Pacific American Fame: Carver Gayton, ’60, ’72, ’76, a former uW tacoma will host the Symposium on to be a managing partner of a major law firm in the Boeing executive and UW lecturer; Vivian O. Native American Issues in Higher Education United States. Lee, ’58, ’59, a founder of the UWAA Multicul- on Oct. 7. Speakers include tribal leaders and Ernie Aguilar, one of the creators of the Wash- tural Alumni Partnership; and former Uwaji- educators Billy Frank, Michael Pavel, Char- ington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, was maya CEO Tomio Moriguchi, ’61. lotte Coté and Kristina Ackley. The program honored for his dedication to the Latino community runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at UW Tacoma. John Amaya, ’01, ’05, a trial attorney with of Washington during the annual Hispanic/Latino For more information, contact Sharon Parker, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, met with White Legislative Day festivities. His scholarship fund at 253-692-4861. House senior staff to talk about the confirma- the UW Foster School of Business assists Latino tion process for U.S. Supreme Court nominee students pursuing master’s degrees in business Sonia Sotomayor. administration. 11 viewpoints faces: BOB CHARLO CHARLO HONORED FOR ICONIC IMAGE Photographer Bob Charlo, ’04, became the fourth person and the first American indian inducted into the City of Enumclaw Walk of Fame, in recognition of his work in the community and his photographs of American indian imagery. the ceremony and dedi- cation of a plaque took place this summer. one of Charlos’ photos was fea- tured as the signature image of the recent PBS American Experi- ence five-part documentary series, “We Shall remain.” in addition to teaching photogra- phy to tribal youth on the muck- leshoot reservation, Charlo, 56, owns and operates Buffalo river – Fine Art Photography in Enumclaw. Bob Charlo was photographed July 1, 2009 on the Muckleshoot Reservation by Karen Orders. As a uW student, Charlo had a solo exhibit of his work at the huB. he MAKiNG AN iNDELiBLE iMAGE has since had exhibits all over the west, including Chile. Bob Charlo’s photograph of a lone teepee in Central Washington —Jon Marmor captured the appreciation of American indians and non-indians alike and became the iconic signature image of a five-part PBS documentary series. By Jon mArmor Bob Charlo, ’04, has taken great pride in be- ington while attending ing the first enrolled member of the kalispel an annual celebration in nation in Eastern Washington to graduate Nespelem. from the university of Washington when, PBS came across the im- in 2004, he earned a bachelor of arts degree age after someone picked from the School of Art in interdisciplinary up a note card or poster visual arts. with the Nespelem image For the past 20 years, he has made a name for on it at a gift shop at the himself both as a photographer and for the past National Museum of the four years teaching photography to Native young- American Indian in Wash- sters from the Muckleshoot Tribe. But Charlo ington, D.C. PBS American recently became something of a celebrity when Experience, out of Boston, PBS decided to use one of his photographs as its got in touch with Charlo signature image to promote a five-part documen- and the rest is history. tary series on the American Indian experience and “They are labeling it history called “We Shall Remain.” as an iconic image,” says The photograph,“Nespelem,” features a lone Charlo. “To me, it still represents that we—Native To order a print of his “Nespelem” photo and teepee set against a dramatic, cloudy sky, and the people—are still here and still as vibrant as we to see more of Charlo’s award-winning photographs, American flag supported and waving over the were 500 years ago. We are not or ever will be a visit his Web site at www.bcharlofineart.com. teepee. Charlo took the image in the summer of conquered people. We have always been and still 1992 on the Colville Reservation in central Wash- remain a contributing people.” Jon Marmor is editor of Viewpoints 12 viewpoints faces: DONNA LOU OPENiNG THE PATH TO HiGHER EDUCATiON Applying to college isn’t easy for anyone, let alone low- income students without many resources. Donna Lou’s work with College Access now is working to change that. By inA ZAJAC Joining Donna Lou (second from left), College Access Now board member, at Garfield High School Applying to college can be utterly intimidating, are (from left) Christine Chew, College Access Now executive director; Garfield High School graduate even for the most prepared and confident high Roy Wang, who is attending the UW this fall; and Jennie Flaming, program director of College Access school students. Dealing with the array of dead- Now. Photo by Karen Orders. lines, testing requirements, essays and financial aid forms can be daunting. But for low-income dent has the potential to succeed in college. CAN preparation course, volunteer at least eight hours students without access to mentors and other offers test preparation for the SAT and ACT tests, of community service, and maintain a grade point educational resources, these mountainous piles of admission process guidance, help finding financial average of 2.0 or higher. paperwork can seem insurmountable. aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as Lou says the CAN program speaks to her Thanks to the College Access Now (CAN) pro- assistance with the transition to college. because she knows firsthand how significant its gram, deserving, economically disadvantaged high Volunteer mentors offer advice on how to seek program offerings are. school students are getting the help they need out letters of recommendation and how to write “If it had not been for that high school coun- to prepare for and handle the college admission personal essays. Students can also learn how to selor, the path to where I am now may never have process. complete and submit applications for federal happened,” she says. “I know now that having a Donna Lou, ’81, serves as a board member for student aid and scholarships. college degree helped open doors for me.” CAN, and is one of that organization’s most tena- High school students must demonstrate they cious advocates—because years ago, she was one are serious about college before they can par- Ina Zajac’s last piece for Viewpoints was on the of those students. ticipate in the program. They must take an SAT Martinez Foundation Known for her efforts as a dynamic community organizer, Lou not only dedicates her time and resources to CAN, but also works with The COLLEGE ACCESS NOW Seattle Foundation, Social Venture Partners and The Washington Women’s Foundation. AT A GLANCE “I am the first in my family to attend college the College Access now program is dedi- and know that there was never much encour- cated to helping promising, low-income agement for me to attend a university,” Lou says. young people prepare for and earn “Nor was there anyone in my immediate family admission to college. who could help me figure out if this was the right path for me to take.” it is an independent non-profit organiza- She credits a high school counselor for inspir- tion supported by private foundations, the Parent teacher Student Associations ing her to consider attending the UW, where she of garfield and Franklin high schools, and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science individual donors. For more information —and a life with unlimited possibilities. about CAn, go to http://www.collegeac- The aim of College Access Now is simple: if Donna Lou was photographed August 6, 2009 by cessnow.org or call 206-252-2312. given support, resources and guidance, every stu- Karen Orders at Garfield High School in Seattle. 13 viewpoints spotlight: TAVON CENTER planting the seeds Left: Ali Vafaeezadeh, ’86, founded the Tavon Center after wondering how his disabled teenage daughter would handle of opportunitY life after high school; Top right: sale of goodies made at the Tavon Center raise money for programs; Bottom right: therapy with animals at the Tavon’s Casa deGoats has had a big impact on clients. Photos by Karen Orders. summer. The teaching center is equipped with a understood the reality of Sabah’s future,” says By ShAnnon mESSEngEr full kitchen where students learn nutrition, meal Ali, “it became my job to change it. I could build Several years ago, Ali Vafaeezadeh, ’86, and his preparation and to bake goods destined for sale at the place where Sabah and others like her would wife, Therese, were struggling to figure out what local coffee shops. achieve everything non-disabled people were to do when their disabled daughter, Sabah, Ali came to the U.S. from Iran in 1976 because entitled to.” turned 18. Close family friends offered a favorable lease “It really hit home when we found ourselves on a five-acre site, and the new house, designed filling out guardianship paperwork when other “Watching our clients by Ali, was built with materials and labor donated parents were working on college applications. The spend time together by contractors he works with. Daniel Winterbot- options for our daughter after high school were tom, a UW associate professor of landscape archi- dismal,” says Ali. has been amazing.” tecture, provided the master garden plan. In the fall of 2008, they opened the Tavon Cen- Tavon Center is currently zoned to accommo- ter in Issaquah, which features a teaching facility his parents were determined that he be educated date 12 clients, but the Vafaeezadahs are working and therapy gardens. in the States. He graduated from UW in 1986 with to change this. It’s a place where disabled young adults whose degrees in art and architecture, and started his “Watching our clients spend time together has limitations preclude regular employment can own residential design-build company, Bana De- been amazing,” says Therese, a nurse practitioner. continue to learn life skills after high school and sign. Sabah—the first of their three children—was “Each day at Tavon is filled with meaningful activi- become contributing members of the community. born in 1984. Her disability, recognized early but ties, and it is working exactly as we hoped. Our The program focuses on horticulture as a form to this day still undiagnosed, set the Vafaeezadahs next step is to make it bigger, so we can serve the of sensory therapy—Sabah loves being outdoors on a mission to provide the best care and most disabled community and as a result, the commu- and digging in the dirt—as well as a means to normal upbringing available. Sabah spent several nity at large, better.” develop gardening skills and community-based years in public and private school programs, but at entrepreneurship. The first harvest of Tavon crops graduation found few opportunities for contin- Shannon Messenger, ’88, is a Seattle-area was sold at the Issaquah Farmers Market this past ued participation in her community. “Once we freelance writer. 14 viewpoints campus datebook A ViEw from the president I remember my Today, that figure tops 30 percent. Moreover, I CALENDAR OF EVENTS first day of classes have the honor to represent all of you and our as a University of diverse communities as the new president of Washington fresh- the UW Alumni Association. OMA&D'S "THE wEEKEND" man, and being in a But the real story here isn’t about access— math class that was OCT. 23-25, 2009 it’s about success. The ECC provides a safe almost as big as my haven where students can build confidence Be a part of Homecoming at the entire high school. It and grow socially and culturally as much as UW with the Office of Minority was a pretty intimi- academically. Our University and its students Affairs & Diversity. dating sight. know how valuable this is, which is why they Having a sense of have committed to spend $15.5 million to re- OCTOBER 23, 2009 belonging and con- build the ECC, even in tough economic times. EDDIE PASATIEMPO Alumni Mixer necting to a smaller I am thrilled that diversity is now at the fore- group that one can relate to is important in making front of our University. And I’m proud of the Mingle with alumni of color for live the UW more intimate. But getting lost in this vast UWAA for being involved in so many diversity music and light appetizers. student population and not being able to relate to efforts—from sponsoring ethnic graduations time: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. anyone or anything is a real possibility. and supporting the MAP Breakfast to provid- Where: Hotel Deca, I was fortunate to be involved in Husky athletics; ing mentors through the Office of Minority 4507 Brooklyn Avenue N.E., Seattle it gave me that sense of belonging and connec- Affairs and Diversity. It’s a surefire recipe for tion. My dorm mates and later, my fraternity, also success, both now and in the future. provided that. Unfortunately, I wasn’t initially aware OCTOBER 24, 2009 of the great resources of the Ethnic Cultural Center. MAP Bridging the Gap Breakfast There weren’t many people on campus who looked Celebrate alumni award winners like me or whom I could turn to as role models or and scholarship recipients. mentors. time: 7 a.m. It’s amazing to see how far our University has Where: HUB Ballroom, come. When I was a student, less than seven Eddie Pasatiempo, ’77 percent of the student population was minorities. uWAA President, 2009-10 UW Seattle OCTOBER 24, 2009 Tailgate and Homecoming Game Group rate tickets to the UW- neW diVersitY netWorking Oregon football game will save you $20. reception to help students time:TBD Where: Husky Stadium the uWAA and office of minority AT A GLANCE OCTOBER 25, 2009 Affairs and Diversity are teaming up Sunday Brunch for the inaugural Diversity Networking Diversity Networking Enjoy a spectacular brunch at Ivar’s Reception on Jan. 27. Reception Salmon House. Space is limited. Students from the UW Mentor Program January 27, 2010 time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and other OMA&D students will have 4:30-6 p.m. Where: Ivar’s Salmon House the opportunity to meet with UW alumni, huB West Ballroom, uW Seattle staff and friends from a wide range of For more information, visit http:// career fields. depts.washington.edu/omad/ Want to help? if you’re interested Several current and past members of the weekend.shtml or call 206-685-3422 in sharing your career experiences UWAA Board of Trustees with a particular with students, e-mail Don gallagher interest in diversity initiatives were among at email@example.com. For other diversity events, visit the first to sign up as volunteers for www.washington.edu/ the reception. diversity/calendar.php 15 viewpoints 4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE Box 359508, Seattle, WA 98195-9508 mAP BriDging thE gAP Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 For more information, visit time: 7 a.m. BrEAkFASt to honor Where: HUB Ballroom, UW Seattle UWalum.com or call the UWAA at 206-543-0540 LEADErS in DiVErSity tickets: $45 Distinguished Alumnus Diane A. martin, ’74, ’80, The Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Award recipient: Award recipients: is associate director of career services at the UW. For Jerry Large, staff columnist marty Bluewater, ’71, has nearly three decades, she has at The Seattle Times, writes been executive director of guided and helped sustain columns Monday and Thurs- United Indians of All Tribes two UW student organiza- day focusing on topics related Foundation since June tions, the Association of to race, gender and class. His 2008. A graduate of the Black Business Students and columns reflect the mission UW School of Business, he the National Society of Black Engineers. In addi- of MAP and the legacy of the served as director of the tion, she has made numerous contributions as a late Dr. Samuel E. Kelly, ’71, UW’s College Work-Study leader and board member of MAP. as they enrich and inform readers about diversity, Program and is a past director of the Seattle inclusion and the understanding of differences in Indian Service Commission. our community, society and world. Distinguished Community Award recipient: The 2009 Diversity Award for Bettie Sing Luke, ’64, is Dorry Elias-garcia is execu- Community Building recipient: an educator and activ- tive director of the Minority ist who co-chaired the michelle habell-Pallán is an Executive Directors Coalition of revival of a “Day of Re- associate professor in the UW’s King County. Her contributions membrance” that resulted Women Studies Department and to social justice and economic in a much-publicized art an adjunct professor in the UW opportunity date to the 1970s installation commemorating School of Music. She is a recepi- and the founding of El Centro Japanese Americans who ent of the Rockefeller Founda- de la Raza, as well as key pro- served their country during World War II. She tion Humanities Research Award grams at the Atlantic Street Center. She co-chairs also led efforts to oppose racial profiling by as well as a Woodrow Wilson the King County Human Services Levy Oversight police in Eugene, Ore. Foundation Research Award for her research and Board and serves on other nonprofit and public writing on gender, popular music and culture. agency boards as well.