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					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
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                                                                                                        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,
               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.

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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.
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           n this 15th year of MAP’s Bridging the Gap Break-
           fast, there are several events and developments that

           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

                                                                                                  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/

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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
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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

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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.
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    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,

                                                                                                                  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.

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    “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
                          “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

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360° ViEw: diVersitY from eVerY angle

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
                                                 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.

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                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                           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.
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                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                                                     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

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                                                                                                                           faces: DONNA LOU

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.


                                                             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.

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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.

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                                                                                                                          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.
                                                                                                                  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 dongal@u.washington.edu.
                                                                                                                  For other diversity events, visit
  the first to sign up as volunteers for
  the reception.                                                                                                  diversity/calendar.php

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                                                                                                                                  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.

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