Aisha's Story

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UW’s Dream Project brought Aisha Ali to UW Tacoma. UW Tacoma’s Pathways to Promise reaches out to students in eight area school districts.

Aisha Ali’s family moved to the U.S. from Kenya to take part in the dream of a college education. Graduating from Kent-Meridian High School, Aisha navigated her way through the process of selecting and applying to college with the help of a mentor from UW’s Dream Project. See Aisha describe what being a Dream Project mentee means to her and her family.

As an urban-serving university, UW Tacoma works closely with an expanding list of school districts in and around the Greater Tacoma region—including Aisha's Kent School District—to develop a college- and career-ready culture. The program, called Pathways to Promise, provides specific resources to help students, their parents and their advisors evaluate career and higher-education options.

Programs like Pathways to Promise and The Dream Project nurture minds and open doors, helping to close achievement gaps in our schools and unleashing human potential in King and Pierce Counties and beyond.

Written by: 
John Burkhardt / October 21, 2016
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or