Physicists for Inclusion in STEM (PhIS)

Physicists for Inclusion in STEM (PhIS) is a student-led organization in Western's Physics and Astronomy department. Our primary focuses are public outreach, providing support to undergraduate Physics and Astronomy students, and promoting inclusion and equity work in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

Weekly PhIS meetings

 

PhIS meetings are open to all Western students. Meetings are a place where you can help us plan events, receive academic/professional support, contribute to creating more equitable and inclusive spaces on campus, and socialize with other geo/physics and STEM majors.

Contact Info

Ambassador Program

There is a critical need to improve communication within the College of Science and Engineering between students, staff, faculty, and the administration. In response to this need, alumna Natasha Hessami and STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist Regina Barber developed the Student Ambassador Program and the Faculty Ambassador Program, respectively. These programs aim to foster a more inclusive and equitable space for all. In each CSE department, there is one Student Ambassador and one Faculty Ambassador. Ambassadors act as liaisons between students, staff, faculty, and the Dean of CSE, and they seek to engage in issues around advocacy, equity, and diversity in STEM. Associate Professor Kevin Covey is the Ambassador for the Physics and Astronomy Department. 

Physics and Astronomy Resources

Regina Barber DeGraff
STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist

Pronouns: she/her

Office: BH 425

Regina.BarberDeGraaff@wwu.edu

Kevin Covey
Faculty Ambassador

Pronouns: he/him

Office: CF 365

kevin.covey@wwu.edu

Community Office Hours

Kevin Covey holds office hours for the entire Physics and Astronomy community. Regina Barber holds office hours for the entire College of Science and Engineering. During office hours, they are available to discuss issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Fall 2021 Community Hours
Kevin Covey

Mondays from 3-3:50 by zoom

Thursdays from 9-9:30 in CF 365

Also available by appointment.