By Assunta Ng
It’s not easy to foster diversity at the University of Washington (UW) since it’s such a big school with over 44,000 students including branch campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. It’s not easy to bridge the gap among faculty, administrators, staff, students of color, and minority communities. However, “partners in crime” Vivian Lee and Carol Simmons seem to collaborate well to overcome adversities when it comes to bringing people together.
Both were honored with the Dr. Sam Kelly award on Oct. 24 at the UW’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) “Bridging the Gap” breakfast, which celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Through thick and thin, Lee and Simmons worked together for MAP for years. They have cut through red tape, and have lobbied successfully for support for minority students. Carol even mentored her son Justin to join MAP, and he has also served as president.
MAP has achieved this through a common goal. Vivian stated that MAP is “a multicultural group who banded together … envisioned more cross-campus support for underrepresented students.” The group has raised scholarship funds for students of color and has honored minority alumni for their services.
The event brought together UW staff, the Office of Minority Affairs staff, and the community to bond with and mentor future young leaders.
Congratulations to Vivian and Carol for a job well done. (end)