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Multicultural Affairs

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  • In 1969, the Black 14 incident occurred. Involving African American student athletes and others, this event had a major impact on the psyche of the institution.


  • In 1972, the Multicultural Resource Center (known then as the Ethnic Cultural Media Center) was established to act as a social gathering place for ethnic minority students. Minority student organizations exist including the Chicano Student Coalition, Black Student Alliance, and Keepers of the Fire.

  • In 1975, the Minority Affairs Graduate Assistantship Program (MAGAP) was started under the College of Arts and Sciences to address recommendations made in the North Central Accreditation Report.

  • In early 1976, the Minority Affairs Graduate Assistantship Program (MAGAP) was discontinued. Funds from the Minority Affairs Graduate Assistantship Program (MAGAP) were reallocated to the Women's Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • In 1979, at the urging of Fuji F. Adachi, the Vice President for Academic Affairs re-established the Minority Affairs Office under the Division of Student Educational Opportunity (SEO) to serve both ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students. The Minority Affairs Office has continued to the present. (4 Graduate Assistantships were part of this move). The Multicultural Resource Center (then known as the MCRC) was moved under the supervision of the Minority Affairs Office. Paul Soriano was hired as the first director of the Minority Affairs Office.


  • In Nov. 1985, Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona was hired to administer the Minority Affairs Office as the second director of the office. She obtained funds for the Minority High School Student Research Apprentice Program (MHSSRAP) and expanded the program. The program still exists on campus but under the name of SRAP (Summer Research Apprentice Program).

  • In 1986, a 5-year minority recruitment plan is developed and implemented jointly by the Minority Affairs Office, Indian Education Office, and Office of Admissions. Minority enrollment begins to increase.

  • In 1987, under the leadership of Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona, the William Randolph Hearst Minority Scholarship and the UW Minority Scholarship are established at UW with direct support from the UW Foundation Office (Esther McGann) and Margot Joy of the Office of Student Financial Aid. President Terry Roark assists with the effort along with Pete Simpson, Vice President for Development for the Hearst Foundation Award.

  • In 1988, under the leadership of Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona, funds for the Patricia Roberts Harris Graduate Fellowship Program were obtained from the U.S. Department of Education to fund UW masters and Ph.D. level ethnic minority and women students with financial need. This program was housed in the Minority Affairs Office until the U.S. Congress eliminated the program in the mid-1990's.

  • In 1988, under the leadership of Andrea Reeve and with support from Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona in Minority Affairs, the Asian American Student Association is established at UW. This organization was later renamed the AAPISA (Asian American Pacific Island Student Association).


  • In Dec. 1990, the U.S. Department of Justice/Community Relations division conducted an assessment of campus following a fight outside TD's (a local bar/dance establishment) on Grand Avenue. The DOJ/CRS then issued its report in May of 1991 with recommendations for the UW administration to consider. This report serves as an external review for race relations at UW.

  • In Fall 1991, Student Affairs works to establish an African American Student Development Specialist within the Minority Affairs Office. However, in 1992, Academic Affairs establishes the African American Studies director position instead to increase minority faculty and moves to establish a dual responsibility program model for both African American Studies and American Indian Studies where the programs are to establish curriculum for a minor and also be responsibility for student services (recruitment and retention) within the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • In 1991, under the leadership of Rich Davis and the Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Hurst, funds are obtained to hire a coordinator of Minority Recruitment in the Office of Admissions with support from Provost Karnig.

  • In 1992, under the leadership of Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona, funds for the McNair Scholars Program were obtained from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the project is to prepare ethnic minority, first generation college, and low-income undergraduate students for graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. This project was housed in the Minority Affairs Office until 1998.

  • In 1996, Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona submits a written proposal to the Vice President for Student Affairs, in an attempt to again provide increased student services to ethnic minorities through the Minority Affairs Office. This results in one and a half new coordinator positions allocated to the Minority Affairs Office from Student Affairs and with support from Academic Affairs to the year 2000.

  • In 1997, the MEChA students and their advisor, Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona, begin to work directly with Mark Booth and Dean Oliver Walter of Arts & Sciences to establish the Chicano Studies program. The students work with the A&S and UW administration (Al Karnig and Phil Dubois) to move the approval of obtaining permission to hire the Chicano Studies director through the trustee level. This was a new process since the other two existing minor programs were established with reallocated dollars from Student Affairs, SEO, and Minority Affairs & some from Academic Affairs.

  • In 1997, the Minority Student Leadership Initiative is started at UW to train minority student leaders. Dr. Cardona serves on the original committee.

  • In 1997-1998, the Asian American Pacific Island Student Association begins to strongly request Asian Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences administration to complement the existing programs.

  • In 1997-1998, the Minority Affairs Office receives and hires its full-time and part-time positions and begins work to serve targeted populations in addition to providing services to all minority students to try to improve recruitment and primarily retention rates by the year 2000. The Office of Minority Affairs assumes the responsibility for African American student services.

  • The Minority Affairs Office is moved out of the Division of Student Educational Opportunity in Feb. 1998 by Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Hurst with mutual agreement between Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona and Fuji F. Adachi. The University Counseling Center under Dr. Andrew Turner assumes supervision for Minority Affairs.

  • In 1998-99, the Office of Minority Affairs makes a slight name change, establishes its own contact information, and begins to work toward self-sufficiency and self-determination.

  • In 1998, Dr. Dolores Saucedo Cardona and the UW Foundation Staff host a site visit by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation in response to a proposal for additional scholarship funding. A gift of $100,000 is secured in 1999 and the scholarship name is changed to the Hearst Scholars Awards. President Dubois plays a role with the foundation board.


  • In the Spring of 2000, President Dubois decides to move American Indian Student recruitment and retention services under Multicultural Affairs and funds a new position and support services for the upcoming year with support from Enrollment Management (Sara Axelson) and new recruiting & retention funds. President Dubois also asks Financial Aid to provide funds to establish the UW Multicultural Pride Scholarship after the Dr. Hurst and the UW Diversity Team make requests for more minority scholarships.

  • In the spring of 2000, OMA reassigns its half-time position to work with Hispanic students as Dr. Cardona begins a more administrative role and begins work on hiring its first American Indian student recruitment & retention manager. The African American position continues and students provide part-time work for Asian Student Programs due to the lack of a position and staff salary funding for an Asian Student Programmer.

  • In the Fall of 2000, the New Dean of Students, Dr. Andrew Turner provides structure for the Multicultural Student Leaders meeting with the UW Administration.

  • In the Fall of 2000, space is created for the Rainbow Resource Center under OMA.

  • In the Spring of 2001, the new Vice President for Student Affairs (Dr. Leellen Brigman) reorganizes the Division of Student Affairs and re-aligns OMA under the Office of Student Life and the new Dean of Students, Dr. Andrew Turner. Dr. Cardona is named an Assistant Dean of Students.

  • In the spring of 2001, OMA and Admissions agree to shift leadership for recruiting responsibilities to the Coordinator of Minority Recruitment (Dominic Martinez). OMA will then work on retention as its major focus under the reorganization.

  • In the summer of 2001, Dr. Leellen Brigman supports the decision to relocate OMA to the first floor of Knight Hall to co-locate OMA with the Office of Student Life which is now part of.

  • In the Fall of 2001, a private donor makes contributions to the Rainbow Resource Center during this academic year allowing the center to build a library and do a small bit of programming.

  • In the Spring of 2002, UW also holds its large Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and Days of Dialogue with the four ethnic groups resulting in another baseline report "Bolder Actions".

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