About the Team

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Dean Spade (He/Him)

Wismer Professor of Gender & Diversity

"As the Wismer Professor I would help build additional capacity for people from across campus to collaborate with each other and mobilize more of our community to participate in learning and building for change. This is a pivotal time to strengthen interdisciplinary participatory learning and action for justice across our campus, and the Wismer Professorship enhance my ability to help build that work on our campus."

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Marquinta Obomanu


Executive Coordinator

Phone: 206-296-6263

Building/Room: Admin 121-91

Marquinta Obomanu is a Seattle native who has come to ODI through her recent work within the Center for Community Engagement. In her previous role as High School Success Coordinator, she worked to strengthen the tie between campus and community, while cultivating an atmosphere of inclusion for students living within the University’s Youth Initiative zone. Marquinta received her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and her Master’s in Public Administration from Kaplan University in 2017. She is passionate about advocacy and intentionality to support marginalized communities.