Alumni from the University of Washington advanced the cause of diversity in their annual “Bridging the Gap” breakfast fundraiser on Oct. 26, hosted by the UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership. Five people were honored for making positive impacts in their communities: Polly Olsen, Alejandro C. Torres, Sarah Sense-Wilson, Lembhard G. Howell, and Diane Narasaki.
Narasaki (class of 1976) is the executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service in Seattle, which provides food to the hungry as well as counseling in medical, employment, psychological, and cultural matters.
The event also awarded six scholarships to promising UW students: Svetlana Belikova, Brady Kent, Tania Santiago, Kamaria Carnes, Ivan Cuevas, and Scott Fung.
Fung is in the UW Master of Public Health Program in Health Services and is a chemistry instructor at the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Instructional Center. He established the Vietnam Health Clinic, providing free medical services to rural villages in Vietnam.
The breakfast event raised about $30,000, according to MAP President Prof. Stephen Sumida. (end)