Panel on Civil Rights

History, Conflict, & Promise: Civil Rights at the UW

May 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Kane Hall


This event has reached capacity! Standby seating available ONLY– first come, first serve basis, starting at 6:45 pm in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 will be offered to guests in the standby line.

In 1968, more than 100 UW students, organized by the Black Student Union, occupied the offices of UW President Charles Odegaard. Their nonviolent actions led to changes in admission policies and curricula that echo to this day. Nearly 50 years later, moderator Ralina Joseph joins a panel of UW alumni civil rights leaders to reflect on the legacy of the occupation and the state of the UW’s ongoing commitment to equity and justice for all.


  • Ralina Joseph, Moderator, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Larry Gossett, ’71, King County Councilmember
  • Verlaine Keith-Miller, ’74, J.D. ’80, Industrial Appeals Judge for the Washington State Board Of Appeals (Retired)
  • Sharon Maeda, ’68, President, Spectra Communications
  • Emile Pitre, M.S. ’69 Associate Vice President for Assessment in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (Retired).
  • Rogelio Riojas, ’73, ’75, M.H.A. ’77, President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Admission is free

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