MAKING THE DIFFERENCE IN STUDENT SUCCESS
The University of Washington is committed to ensuring that each student is successful once they arrive on campus. Economically disadvantaged, first-generation and underrepresented students face some of the most significant barriers to earning their degrees.
Housed in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D), the Instructional Center (IC) serves to ensure the academic success of students affiliated with OMA&D programs. For more than 40 years, the IC has provided a unique and proven blend of services to create a sense of community and pave the way to the University’s most competitive majors, and, ultimately, graduation and successful careers.
A graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle's South End, Caroline studied premed at the UW on the Husky Promise, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology in spring 2017. She was introduced to the Instructional Center through the Educational Opportunity Program (also an integral part of OMA&D) that promotes academic success among underrepresented minority, low-income and first-generation college students. At the IC, students can participate in study sessions and lab writing workshops, as well as access one-to-one tutoring.
Once classes started, Caroline was too intimidated to go to IC by herself, even though she needed help with calculus. Her high school friend Gizelle Gando, also a UW student, took Caroline to the IC.
"I basically lived there after that," Caroline says.
Just as the IC helped Caroline excel inside the classroom, the Husky Promise ensured she succeeded out of the classroom, as well.
“I said to my mom, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be a good nurse. I think being a doctor is a better fit for me.’ She was saying when we moved here from the Philippines it took a lot of work, and she worried that medical school would take so much more time and expense than becoming a nurse.”
Caroline understood her mother's position. "It's hard because you come here with so much uncertainty, and you want your child's future to be secure, especially when you've spent so much of your own life insecure, wondering where am I going to live, when will I next see my family."
Caroline responded: "Because you moved here, moved across the ocean to come here, don't you want me to take all the opportunities we have here?"