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SENIOR YEARBOOK THE BROTHERHOOD INITIATIVE

Class of 2020



BROTHERHOOD INITIATIVE MESSAGE FROM THE FACULTY DIRECTOR Over five years ago we birthed the idea of the Brotherhood Initiative (BI) and created a movement that would support Black and Brown males of color from their freshmen year to their senior year. Today, I’m most excited that many of our BI scholars from the first cohort, and some from the second cohort, will graduate with their bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. These scholars have overcome a range of barriers and challenges to become researchers, scholars, volunteers, and campus leaders throughout their journey in college. I am particularly impressed with our students’ drive, motivation, and tenacity during their last two quarters of the 2019-20 academic year. First they had to quickly transition to remote learning because of the threat that COVID-19 caused around the world and particularly at the University of Washington. Then they had to experience the pain of yet another unarmed Black man, George Floyd, being murdered by the hands of the police and the anxiety, grief, and uncertainty that accompanied this horrific tragedy. These students have shown that they can and will persevere through any roadblocks that may come their way. We look forward to seeing their continued growth and development as they move into the next step of their lives, whether that involves attending graduate school, securing employment, or leading their communities. As you will see throughout this yearbook, the BI students attribute a lot of their success in college to their involvement with the Brotherhood Initiative community. We have been so honored to have the opportunity to support them throughout their undergraduate career. Every day we strive to live up to our mission and promise to “...empower undergraduate males of color to thrive on campus and graduate prepared for a lifetime of leadership, service, and success.” We cannot say enough about how proud we are of our scholars and we wish them the best on their post-graduation endeavors. These scholars are now Brothers Forever, a part of the BI alumni community.

Dr. Joe Lott, II Faculty Director, Brotherhood Initiative


Vicente Arroyos

Major

Electrical Engineering

Minor

Mathematics

Internships • National Science Foundation–Undergraduate Student Intern (Summer 2020) • Department of Energy SULI Program Intern • Pacific Northwest National Lab (Summer 2018)

Campus Involvement • Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar (2019 - Present) • Undergraduate Researcher – Labs for Engineered Materials & Structures (2019-2020) • Program Student Assistant – Seattle Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) (2016-2019) • Student Ambassador – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in STEM (2018-2020) • Engineering Peer Educator – College of Engineering (2019) • Tutor – College of Engineering Math Academy (2019)

Post Graduation Plans

Vincente has an internship with the National Science Foundation this summer. This Fall, he will be enrolling in a Computer Science Ph.D. program at Oregon State University.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“I’ve held this belief since freshman year, the Brotherhood Initiative has been the base from which I’ve launch my successful track at the University of Washington. The program and the people that run it have been a constant my four years here and I appreciate the program and them for their full support.”

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Mekias Bekalu

Major

Business Administration – Information Systems

Internships • Microsoft ACE Product Marketing Manager Intern

Campus Involvement • Young Executives of Color (YEOC) Mentor • Association of Black Business Students (ABBS) VP of Marketing

Post Graduation Plans

Mekias has accepted a full time job offer with Microsoft, where he will be working as a Product Marketing Manager this upcoming year.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“I was able to create a bond with a group of people who had shared experiences with me. This allowed me to get a good foundation my freshman year that I could rely on and propel my academic career forward, faster than I expected.”

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Vipech Bun

Major

Business Administration – Information Systems

Minor

Disability Studies

Internships • SAP Concur Global Channel Marketing Intern • UW Career and Internship Center Digital Marketing Intern • Accenture Consulting Summer Analyst

Campus Involvement • • • • • • • •

Creative Director: Design for America VP of Design: First Generation Business Leaders Mentor: Young Executives of Color Operations Coordinator: ASUW Asian Student Commission Member: Delta Sigma Pi HR Student Assistant: Foster School of Business Peer Advisor: UW Study Abroad Office Digital Marketing Intern: UW Career and Internship Center

Post Graduation Plans

Vipech will be enrolling in the Consulting Development Program at Accenture.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“Throughout my entire four years, even if I was not able to be there with the BI 100% of the time, I still knew that I had a strong community ready to help me. I can’t express enough gratitude for the community within the Brotherhood that welcomed me with such kindness and continuous support. Coming in as a freshman without a clear sense of direction, the BI has done so much to prepare me for success and connected me with new learning opportunities from financial literacy to professionalism. As men of color, what the BI taught us prepared me for the rest of my university experience as well as how I will approach the workforce.”

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Agustin Castro

Major

Civil Engineering – Traffic

Internships • Traffic Design @ HNTB • Traffic Operations @ Parametrix

Campus Involvement • Concrete Canoe Captain • Student Mentor

Post Graduation Plans

Agustin has accepted a full time job offer as a Traffic Engineer working with HNTB in Bellevue, Washington.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood Initiative was the catalyst for my college experience. It woke me up on my first quarter and helped me realize what kind of an opportunity was before me and what I needed to do to pay respect to the people that have helped me get this far.”

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D’andre Garcia-Stubbs

Major

Education, Communities, & Organizations

Minor

Diversity – Human Rights

Campus Involvement • Alpha Phi Alpha President • National Pan-Hellenic Council Vice President • Undergraduate Academic Affairs Peer Adviser • Mary Gates Leader Scholar

Post Graduation Plans

D’andre plans to work for Teach for America in the Phoenix area, as a Secondary Math Teacher. He will also be working on his Master of Education in Secondary Education at the Arizona State University, Phoenix.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The BI is a transformative program that has allowed me to grow academically, socially, holistically, and provided me a safe space to be vulnerable.”

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Lukas A. Garcia

Major

Political Science with Honors

Internships • Summer Associate at AlphaSights (Summer 2019, New York) • Legal Assistant at Aoki Law (Summer 2018 – Seattle) • Communications Intern at Hanford Project (Summer 2017 – Tri-Cities)

Campus Involvement • ASUW Director of Legislative Affairs • Research Assistant for Professor Sophia Jórdan Wallace • Gorton Center Global Leaders Program Fellow • Administrative Assistant for UW Facilities • Brotherhood Initiative • Mock Trial • Supplier Diversity Program • Alpha Sigma Phi

Post Graduation Plans

Lukas plans to work for an investment consulting firm in San Francisco before attending law school.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“With all the uncertainty coming into college, the Brotherhood Initiative provided the support and resources to launch my undergraduate career and gave me the confidence to pursue academic excellence and concrete career goals.”

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Joshua Herrero

Major

Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology

Internships • Overlake Hospital Volunteer Internship • Center for Vascular Intervention Shadowing Internship

Campus Involvement

• Football Equipment Manager

Post Graduation Plans

Joshua plans on taking a gap year to study for the MCAT and apply to medical school. During this time he also plans on working as a medical scribe to get more experience in the medical field before medical school.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood Initiative is a family that supports you and helps you take steps in the right direction for your career and life. I wouldn’t be where I am nor as prepared for my journey if it wasn’t for the help of the Brotherhood Initiative.”

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Auston Jimmicum

Major

Law, Societies, & Justice

Internships • The Pride Foundation

Campus Involvement • Research Assistant at the Human Rights Defense Center • UW Carlson Center Undergraduate Community-Based Internship • UW Carlson Center Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship • Pipeline Project Mentor

Post Graduation Plans

Auston will be working on his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Idaho’s College of Law in Moscow, Idaho with an emphasis in Native American Law.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood Initiative has offered me community, support, connection to opportunity, and most of all family. I cannot wait to watch this program grow and continue to transform the lives of men of color at the University of Washington.”

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David Le

Major

Drama

Minor

Entrepreneurship

Internships

• Artistic intern at REBATEnsemble

Campus Involvement • Director for the Undergraduate Theatre Society’s production of Vietgone • Officer for Taiwanese Student Association — where he helped coordinate the UW Night Market

Post Graduation Plans

David is currently in the job search process for Project Management positions.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood was where I was able to be vulnerable and confront the issues that other organizations would brush aside. And I grew because of that.”

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Jordon J. Lewis

Major

Political Science: International Security

Internships

• Redeemer Redmond Church Youth Intern

Campus Involvement

• Intramural Activities (IMA) lifeguard

Post Graduation Plans

Jordan plans to take a gap year in preparation to join the Navy.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“It was a great experience and I am glad I had the pleasure to meet so many new people.”

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Keith Lawrence Matt

Majors

American Indian Studies Education, Communities, & Organizations

Minor

Comparative History of Ideas

Internships • UW College of Education Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion (2019-2020) • UW EOP Scholars Academy (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)

Campus Involvement • Student Receptionist: UW Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (2018-2019,2019-2020) • Undergraduate Researcher: UW Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities (Summer 2019) • Student Mentor: UW Pipeline Project, Alternative Spring Break (Spring 2019) • Student Mentee: UW+Amazon Mentorship Program (Winter 2019) • Student Mentor: UW Dream Project (Fall 2017)

Post Graduation Plans

After graduation, Keith plans on taking the year off to spend some much needed time with family and prepare for his next journey in life.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“I have found that the bond of brotherhood is a valuable one as it has helped me grow as an individual and also as a leader. The Brotherhood Initiative program has allowed me to develop meaningful relationships not only within the brotherhood, but also with individuals who have empowered me to create, to grow, and to flourish into my full self.”

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Justin Mey

Major

Business & Administration: Finance

Internships • Accounting & Bookkeeping Intern at R&I Tax & Bookkeeping Service • Staff Accountant Internship at Better Business Tax & Accounting Corporation

Campus Involvement

• UWT Business Professional Certificate • UW KhSA (Khmer Student Association) • UW & UWT campus job fairs • UWT Lunch and Learns (employer visiting campus and looking for potential candidates)

Post Graduation Plans

Justin has accepted a full-time job offer as a Financial Accountant with Coinme. He will be celebrating his undergraduate graduation by taking a trip to Maui (when travel restrictions are lifted).

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood Initiative program has taught me how to advance my career. In the beginning, I didn’t understand what this class meant, but as time progressed, I’ve learned so much about leadership abilities. We support and treat each other like family in the BI.”

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Luis E. Navarro Gutierrez

Major

Biochemistry

Internships • Summer Health Professions Educational Program (SHPEP) – SCAN DESIGN Innovations in Pain Research

Campus Involvement • Minority Association for Pre-Health Students • Treasurer for Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine • Undergraduate Research UW department of Pharmaceutics and Harborview Medical Center

Post Graduation Plans

Luis intends to take the MCAT in summer and work at a local health clinic during his twoyear gap. During this period he will also be applying to medical school and continuing to accumulate more volunteer experience, clinical hours, and leadership positions.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The BI has made a significant impact during my time as an undergrad. It has helped me develop several skills & has connected me with various resources and people who have enabled me to make the most of my time at UW.”

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Jefferson Nguyen

Major

Public Health – Global Health

Internships • Accounting & Bookkeeping Intern at R&I Tax & Bookkeeping Service • Staff Accountant Internship at Better Business Tax & Accounting Corporation • Research at the UW School of Social Work and Harborview Medical School

Campus Involvement • Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Northwest VSA • Delta Epsilon Mu • Work-study at UW School of Public Health • Research/Operations Assistant at Brotman Baty Institute • Public Health Dawgs • United Way of King County • Wing Luke Museum Public Health Capstone • Tet in Seattle Health Fair Director

Post Graduation Plans

Jefferson plans to take a gap year, during which he will be preparing to take the MCAT and applying to medical school.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood Initiative provided community and solidarity at such a critical step in my early academic career. Being able to develop my identity and goals within a space dedicated to addressing and correcting inequities in academia that shut off opportunities from men of color is amazing.”

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Jonathan Nguyen

Major

Political Science

Minor

Law, Societies and Justice

Internships • Statewide Poverty Action Network - Undergraduate Community-Based Internships with the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Campus Involvement • Furmata – Business Manager (2017–2019) • UW Medicine | Department of General Internal Medicine – Student Assistant (2016–2019)

Post Graduation Plans

Jonathan will be working in the nonprofit sector before returning to school to pursue a Master of Social Work degree.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“I have always found happiness and meaning in life through the bonds I hold with those closest to my heart: I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet many of those people through my time with Brotherhood Initiative. Thank you to the Brothers I became closest with for the memories, and especially to the women behind the program for ensuring that someone like myself had a place to belong.”

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Steffan Ortega

Major

Community, Environment, and Planning

Internships • Marketing and Communications Intern with the Brotherhood Initiative

Post Graduation Plans

Steffan intends on searching for a full time job while spending some time jet skiing.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The BI was my community and home base at UW since day one. Thanks for the years of support!”

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Terrell Strong

Major

Computer Science

Internships • Virtual Reality Internship with the Seattle Public Library

Campus Involvement • Officer of Husky Gaming Nation • Working on a Reality Lab VR project

Post Graduation Plans

Terrell has applied to the 5th year Masters of Computer Science program and he plans to pursue that degree or find a job in the industry.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“The Brotherhood initiative has provided me with a valuable sense of community from the start of my time at UW.”

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Marquis J. Wright

Majors

Creative Writing Communications

Internships • Broadcast and VIsual Marketing Intern at KCTS9 • Staff Writer - The Daily (University of Washington newspaper)

Campus Involvement • President of Delta Lambda Phi (WA’s only queer fraternity) • Vice President of the Queer People of Color Alliance RSO (QPOCA) • Writing Consultant at Odegaard Writing & Research Center • Studied abroad for a month in the Public Health Department’s Dark Empire trip, based in London, England

Since Graduating

Marquis has been doing contract work at KCTS9 and was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work as an Associate Producer for the network. He is also currently doing freelance writing and editing work.

What does the Brotherhood Initiative mean to me?

“Through the BI’s validation of my experiences as a black man in academia, and the encouragement to take up space, I’ve been able to navigate those spaces. I can’t say that the navigation has been easy, but I’ve done it through persistence and knowing there was an army of people who wanted to see me succeed in a social, academic, and personal fulfillment capacity.”

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Special Thanks to Our Supporters Executive Committee

Generous Supporters**

Rickey Hall, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Denzil Suite, Student Life Ed Taylor, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Mia Tuan, College of Education Joy Williamson-Lott, The Graduate School Phillip Ballinger, Enrollment Management* Dave Eaton, The Graduate School* Gabriel Gallardo, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity*

African American Heritage Fund Ellison Foundation Rudy & Rupa Gadre Mary & Allan Kollar Sherrelle & Clyde Walker Olga Yang

Steering Committee Jondou Chen, College of Education Annabel Cholico, Mary Gates Scholarship Endowment June Hairston, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Ronald Ma, Counseling Center Felipe Martinez, Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange (CIRCLE) Zachary McKinlay, Undergraduate Diversity Services (UDS), Foster School of Business Jeff Nguyen, BI Cohort 1 Scholar Jon Olivera, Educational Opportunity Program Scott Pinkham, College of Engineering Emile Pitre, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Kyle Rearden, BI Cohort 2 Scholar Adiam Tesfay, Disability Resources for Students Brian Tracey, Seattle MESA Sherrelle Walker, Community Volunteer Kenderick Wilson, Seattle Public Schools Olga Yang, Community Volunteer Gino Aisenberg, Graduate School* Ink Aleaga, Intercollegiate Athletics* Iisaaksiichaa Ross Braine, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity* Roxanne Christian, Advancement* Joshua Dawson, UW Alumnus* Stephanie Gardner, Washington Student Achievement Council* Darrin Howell, Mechanical Engineering* Cynthia Morales, Graduate School, GO-MAP* Peter Moran, Study Abroad* * Previous committee members, staff and supporters who were involved with the creation and launch of the BI in 2016

**Donors who have given $10,000+ to the Brotherhood Initiative

BI Project Team Dr. Joe Lott, Faculty Director Dr. Ling Yeh, Director of Research & Programs Paul Metellus, Student Success Coordinator Kandi Bauman, Graduate Research Assistant Tory Brundage, Graduate Research Assistant Sara London, Graduate Research Assistant Christian Love, Graduate Research Assistant Dalya Perez, Graduate Research Assistant Valerie Schweigert, Graduate Research Assistant Raudel Carrillo, Graduate Intern Dr. Ismael Fajardo, Research Associate* Esteban Maldonado, Graduate Research Assistant* Sarah Clark, Graduate Intern* Alex Milan, Graduate Intern* Conrad Webster, Graduate Intern* Avery Whittington, Graduate Intern*

Thank you for sustaining our work so we can continue to amplify and empower our students!



Brotherhood Initiative College of Education | University of Washington 2012 Skagit Lane | Box 353600 Seattle, WA 98105 Phone: 206-616-3131 E-mail: brother@uw.edu brotherhoodinitiative.org : UWBrotherhood :UWBrotherhoodInitiative

Created by Brotherhood Initiative Intern : Dalton Owens


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