Adilenne is a Washingtonian, first-generation daughter of migrant and seasonal farm-workers. Through her role, she continues to support educational programming that supports college and career readiness for first-generation youth and families.
Jai’Shon M. Berry
Junior in Business Administration and Communication
Jai’Shon is a junior pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Communication. He is an Access Ambassador in the First-Generation Student Initiatives department. He enjoys supporting students in learning about post-secondary options through different pre-collegiate initiatives.
Freshman in Criminal Justice
Perla Vazquez is a Freshman majoring in Criminal Justice, she is the new Access Ambassador in the First-Generation Department. Has a big passion when it comes to helping people, she likes to motivate, support, and inspire students to know they aren't alone.
STEM Youth Outreach Coordinator
Senior in Computer Science and Systems
As a first-gen student and woman in STEM, Madeline is dedicated to providing and developing STEM opportunities for students. In her free time, Madeline likes to work on personal CS projects, snowboard, line dance, and mountaineer.
Pre-College Programs was formally launched in 2013, with the purpose of supporting a college and career-ready culture in the South Puget Sound. Our philosophy is guided by understanding the priorities and strengths in local communities, developing deep partnerships with diverse stakeholders, and by applying a community-based participatory approach.
Application Deadline: Has been extended to May 1st, 2021
Students will be notified about the status of their application on May 4th, 2021
Summer Program Update:
Due to COVID-19, summer programming will be provided remotely, unless otherwise permitted by public health guidance and the University of Washington safety policies. Programming for the rest of the MSL academic year will be determined by public health guidance and University of Washington safety policies.
MSL 2021-2022 Summer Program Dates:
July 19-23, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
July 26-30, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
August 2-6, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.
MSL 2021-22 Monthly Connection Events:
Usually happen on the third Saturday of the month, September - May, 11:30-2:00 P.M. The monthly events provide fun and educational activities throughout the year. The official 2021-2022 academic calendar will be released in August.
Since 2003, the Math-Science-Leadership Program (MSL) has been creating positive educational experiences that enhance academic success and access to career pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). MSL serves youth in 8th - 11th grade that are historically underrepresented in STEM (low-income, minority, female, and potential first-generation college students).
MSL brings together youth with students and faculty from UW Tacoma for an engaging three-week summer program and community-building monthly events throughout the school year. MSL develops supportive cohorts that build positive science-linked identities, academic and leadership skills over four years and creates capacity for community-serving institutions to collaboratively increase youths’ ability to participate in the economies of the future.
By bringing together the ideas and needs of community groups that serve youth, post-secondary institutions of learning and industry, MSL fosters these long-term impacts:
Reducing achievement gaps for students in science and mathematics compared to peers who have not participated in MSL
Increasing diversity of students who enroll in and complete STEM college degrees
Increase Tacoma community engagement in youth STEM informal education efforts
Pathways to Promise
What is Pathways to Promise?
What does your future hold? How can you access college? How can a university education unlock your potential and help strengthen local communities?
The University of Washington Tacoma is dedicated to helping South Puget Sound residents answer these questions. By establishing deep partnerships with school districts, community and military partners, we are creating clear pathways to access the promise of a bright future through a university education.
Resources for K-12 Students
For our participating school districts, specific resources are available to help evaluate career and higher-education options. We work with guidance professionals within each district to support college and career-ready programing, conversations and planning. We tailor our interactions with each school based on the needs of the building and district.
The following school districts are participating in Pathways to Promise: Auburn, Bethel, Chief Leschi, Federal Way, Fife, Franklin Pierce, Kent, Puyallup, Steilacoom, Tacoma and Tahoma.
As an urban-serving institution, our goal is to support partners who are developing a college and career-ready culture in the South Puget Sound. These partnerships ensure that potential students, and the organizations that serve them, understand how to prepare for and access post-secondary educational opportunities.
Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound
College Success Foundation
Husky Futures Program
The University of Washington Tacoma and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound (BGCSPS) have partnered together to create the Husky Futures Scholars program. A program of the Starnes Family Great Futures Initiative, this was originally called the Great Futures Scholarship.
Together, we want all BGCSPS youth to graduate from college or complete post-secondary credentials. We want all South Sound young people to experience fulfilling careers. As wealth and opportunity gaps increase, BGCSPS and UW Tacoma are committed to continuing to level the playing field and to ensure that all youth have access to high quality education and the support needed to access the careers of the future.
Husky Futures leverages relationships and positive development already present in Club culture, and enhances it with the college-going culture expertise of UW Tacoma. BGCSPS kids will be supported with high expectations, strong role models and mentoring from the time they join the Club, to the time they enter college or a viable post-secondary experience, to graduation or completion, to their first job and then as alumni returning to mentor kids in the Clubs and serve on the BGCSPS board.
This is the vision. Communities will flourish as college graduates become professionals who have an ethos to serve and give back.
Designing Rich Experiences Around Majors (DREAM Kits)
If interested in a campus tour, you may also request a virtual DREAM Kit presentation. DREAM stands for Designing Rich Experiences Around Majors. During a DREAM Kit presentation, your group will engage in academic based activities that relate to a certain college major. In the presentation, our Access Ambassadors will be ready to answer questions regarding post-secondary options, choosing a major, and support students in learning about their options after high school. DREAM Kit presentations can be scheduled for middle school, high school, after-school, or community college groups.
Our virtual DREAM Kit Workshops can be focused on the following majors:
If your group is ready to take the next step in expanding your college education possibilities and would like to request a DREAM Kit in addition to your UWT group tour, register today to schedule a DREAM Kit!