First Year Students

College Awareness Day

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019College Awareness Day is a day for students to explore opportunities in higher education and learn about diversity and inclusion. High school students will connect with UW Bothell students, staff, faculty, and community leaders to celebrate our racial and ethnic identities and discuss the importance of diversity in education.

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The University of Washington Bothell Office of Admissions has been hosting diversity events since 2013. The vision evolved from the desire of the university and admissions staff to empower high school students of color and provide a path for success in higher education. We began with five separate events - Black Opportunity and Leadership Day (BOLD), Día de Avanzando Latinx en Educación (DALE), Pacific Islanders Pursuing Education (PIPE), Reaching American Indian Nations (RAIN), and College Awareness Day. Beginning in 2018, UW Bothell created one conference, College Awareness Day, which offers the four legacy programs (BOLD, DALE, PIPE, and RAIN), with the exciting addition of Asians Connecting and Empowering Students (ACES).

We are proud to welcome high school students from all walks of life, as we discuss topics around college awareness and intersectionalities in identity with respect to access and success in higher education.



The day will be broken up into two halves. The first half of the day, students will follow their affinity track (ACES, BOLD, DALE, PIPE, or RAIN), where as a group you will experience a mock university class and an empowering workshop. The second half of the day, all students will come together to explore the college fair and select from a variety of afternoon breakout sessions.

View last year's program here >

Opening Keynote Speaker

Michael Benitez - nationally-acclaimed activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator

Learn more about Michael Benitez here >