Terryl Ross, the College of the Environment's Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Terryl Ross
Terryl Ross, the College of the Environment’s Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Terryl Ross, assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at the College of the Environment was awarded the University of Washington Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) Distinguished Alumni Award on Sat., Oct. 19 at the 25th annual UW Alumni Association MAP Bridging the Gap Breakfast. MAP has worked to connect the region’s diverse communities, promote equity at the UW and celebrate the achievements of distinguished alumni and accomplished students.

Ross came to the UW in 1992 as a doctoral student in the Educational and Communication Technology program housed in the College of Education. Immediately noticing room for improvement in the University’s diversity efforts, he created the Multicultural Organization of Students Actively Involved in Change (MOSAIC) and became a member of the newly formed MAP, where he was one of the founders of the Bridging the Gap Breakfast.

Ross continues his work in diversity and inclusion today as he collaborates with College of the Environment stakeholders to envision diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across the college. He works to accomplish these goals through empowering the College’s diversity champions, his commitment to environmental justice and focusing on efforts that will make the biggest impact.

“The Breakfast is important because it has grown into a way to let our alums of color know that they matter and to reconnect them with their alma mater,” Ross says.

Congratulations, Terryl!