8 moments capturing the YEOC March international session

The theatre was filled with energy, passion, and excitement during our March YEOC session. This month’s session was in the planning stages months in advance by YEOC mentors Melat Abraham, Hewan Solomon, and Idowu Jeremiah.

The students began the day with two workshop rotations: the first was a ‘Speed Networking’ event with YEOC mentors and UW students who have studied abroad, and a panel discussion with staff and students from the Certificate of International Business (CISB) program. Sue Borgman, Principal of Transaction Advisory Services at EY was our keynote speaker who shared her story about growing up in South Africa and how she’s learned that hard work is the core of success. The widely anticipated 4th Annual Cultural Showcase where mentors, mentees, and members of the UW community could share their culture to inspire high school students, kicked-off with a spoken word performance by UW alum, Troy Osaki. Other performances included:

  • Khmer Student Association, YEOC alum
  • Wole Akinlosotu, YEOC alum
  • Jonathan Nguyen, YEOC mentee
  • Groupo Folklorico Guadalajara
  • Mariama Sidibe, YEOC mentee
  • Team Ethiopia, YEOC alum
  • Frankie Godoy, YEOC mentor
  • Polynesian Student Alliance, UW Students
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, UW Students
  • Angela Bonsum, UW student
  • Idowu Jeremiah, YEOC mentor

Whether they brought down the house with vocals, made us think twice through their words, and or just simply brought a smile to our face with dance, we want to thank all of those who participated in the Annual Cultural Showcase. Take a look at eight of our favorite moments from the YEOC March session below.

Keynote Speaker Sue Borgman, Principal of Transaction Advisory Services at EY

Keynote Speaker Sue Borgman, Principal of Transaction Advisory Services at EY

Study Abroad ‘Speed Networking’ event with YEOC mentors and UW students

Study Abroad ‘Speed Networking’ event with YEOC mentors and UW students

Spoken word performance by Troy Osaki, UW alumni about the Asian-American experience

Spoken word performance by Troy Osaki, UW alumni about the Asian-American experience

Groupo Folklorico Guadalajara showcasing a traditional Mexican dance

Groupo Folklorico Guadalajara showcasing a traditional Mexican dance

Co-Host for the 4th Annual Cultural Showcase Idowu Jerimiah rocking her cultural attire

Co-Host for the 4th Annual Cultural Showcase Idowu Jerimiah rocking her cultural attire

UW Students from the Polynesian Student Alliance performing in traditional attire

UW Students from the Polynesian Student Alliance performing in traditional attire

YEOC Mentor Vipo Bun and the Khmer Student Association

YEOC Mentor Vipo Bun and the Khmer Student Association

Team Ethiopia featuring YEOC Alumni Tsewone Melaku sharing their culture through dance and attire

Team Ethiopia featuring YEOC Alumni Tsewone Melaku sharing their culture through dance and attire

 

This blog post was written by Foster Senior & YEOC Mentor Midori Ng. Photography by Uyen Cao and Emmeline Vu.

The mission of the YEOC (Young Executives of Color) program is to cultivate the academic potential of underrepresented high school student leaders in Washington State through college preparation, powerful mentorship, and the development of real life business skills. Find out more about the YEOC program on the Foster website. You can also follow YEOC on Facebook for more updates.