First Year Students

College Awareness Day

College Awareness Day 2018 Logo

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.

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.

Preview the 2019 College Awareness Day program >

Opening Keynote Speaker

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

Learn more about Dr. Michael Benitez here >

Affinity Group Keynote Speakers

Affinity Groups

Keynote Speakers

Asians Connecting and Empowering Students (ACES)

Kevin Truong

Black Opportunity and Leadership Day (BOLD)

Christian Paige

Día de Avanzando Latinx en Educación (DALE)

Karen Arlette Gamez Lopz

Pacific Islanders Pursuing Education (PIPE)

Kiana Fuega

Reaching American Indian Nations (RAIN) Lisa Fryett

Learn more about the College Awareness Day keynote speakers here >

College Fair Participants

> Bastyr University
> Carroll College 
> Cascadia College
> Central Washington University
> DigiPen Institute of Technology
> Eastern Washington University
> Edmonds Community College
> Everett Community College
> Evergreen State College 
> Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
> Gonzaga University
> Highline College
> Lake Washington Institute of Technology
> North Seattle College
> Oregon State University
> Pacific Lutheran University
> Renton Technical College
> St. Martin’s University
> Seattle Pacific University
> University of Washington Bothell
> University of Washington Seattle 
> University of Washington Tacoma
> Washington State University
> Western Washington University

Breakout Sessions

We have a lot of great sessions for you to attend, ranging in topics about empowerment, college preparedness, and finding your voice. See a full list of the College Awarenes Day Breakout sessions here.