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Undergraduate Diversity Services

Thaddeus Spratlen

Dr. Thaddeus Spratlen (Foster Professor Emeritus of Marketing), was the first black faculty at the Foster School of Business, and a longtime faculty adviser for the Association of Black Business Students (ABBS).
This year, ABBS is celebrating its 50th Anniversary as an organization. Congratulations on the historic milestone! Thank you for your leadership and dedication to our school!

The University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body by creating a culture of respect which values diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Undergraduate Diversity Services (UDS) Office mission is to serve as a holistic resource for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the greater business community. These groups of students include those of minority, economically disadvantaged and first generation backgrounds.

To correct this imbalance, the UDS Office provides programs and opportunities to support underrepresented students achieve academic and personal success in the undergraduate business program. In collaboration with partners around the Foster School, we strive to ensure UDS students graduate prepared to enter the corporate workforce as leaders and change agents. UDS pipeline programs are designed to target high school, community college, UW pre-majors, and business students.

UDS Programs for High School Students

Young Executives of Color Program (YEOC)
Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)
Business Bridge (B²)
Women’s Leadership Summit

UDS Services for UW Students & Business Pre-Majors

Business Educational Opportunity Program (BEOP)
Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA)
Diverse Student Organizations
Business Scholarships