MAP Awards 2022: Distinguished Alumni and Community Members Supporting Diversity at UW

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Founded in 1994, the Multicultural partnership with graduates (MAP) is dedicated to promoting diversity at UW and in the UW alumni community. MAP leads the way in addressing issues of equality and equity through scholarship, mentorship, conferences, and academic community engagement. MAP is open to everyone; the only qualification is a passion for diversity and social justice.

MAP administers a number of awards and scholarships. The UW Alumni Association is proud to present the 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards.


—Distinguished Graduates—

Marcus Harden, ’18, is an educator, mentor and advocate. At UW, he participated in the Danforth Educational Leadership Program and earned a Masters of Education. He began his career as an intern in the United States Senate and later worked for the King County Superior Court through the Family Law Facilitation. He worked in Seattle Public Schools for nearly 15 years. Marcus is now the Senior Director of Studies and Development for Overtime Elite Academy in Atlanta, GA.


-Young graduates-

Varisha Khan, ’17, joined the Redmond City Council in 2020 and became one of the first Muslim women elected to public office in Washington State. Her work with King County nonprofits focused on making the media and government more representative and inclusive. As a council member, she advocates for environmental sustainability, criminal justice reform, and tenant and worker rights.


—Distinguished Graduates—

Mỹ Tâm H. Nguyễn, ’06, has a background in politics as well as work experience serving marginalized communities in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She also studied design at Harvard University’s graduate school. In 2021, she founded her company làmdi to consult leaders and organizations in transition. Previously, she worked in accessible and affordable housing and led public engagement for the City of Seattle planning team.


—Samuel E. Kelly Alumnus Emeritus—

Emile Pitre, ’69, mentored and mentored UW students for four decades. As a graduate student in the late 1960s, Pitre helped found the Black Student Union whose calls for diversity and equity led to the creation of what became the Office of Minority Affairs and of diversity. Later, he taught and directed the instruction center. Prior to his retirement, he served as OMA&D Assistant and Associate Vice President for Evaluation. He is a story keeper for OMA&D.


-Community organization-

The Seattle Community Cooking Collective began in 2020 when chefs and restaurateurs in Seattle’s South End transformed their establishments to feed neighbors in need. Melissa Miranda, 2007, who opened Musang in 2016, has used her Beacon Hill kitchen to feed community members during the pandemic. The collective continues to look for ways to promote food education and food safety.


—Distinguished Graduates—

Michel Tule, ’93, ’15, (Yakama) is executive director of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, a Seattle-based community center and cultural house for urban Indians. Tulee studied geography and education at UW and later returned to complete a doctorate. in environmental and forest sciences. He also worked in government and as a recruiter for the Boys & Girls Club. He teaches Native American studies at UW.

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